Russia says EU should be 'ashamed' over sanctions

MOSCOW Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:28am EDT

Pro-Russian activists rally in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Pro-Russian activists rally in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, April 28, 2014.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia suggested on Tuesday the European Union should be ashamed of itself for "doing Washington's bidding" by punishing Moscow with sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.

The Foreign Ministry said the EU sanctions imposed on 15 Russian and pro-Moscow Ukrainian officials would not ease tension in Ukraine, where the government is struggling to rein in pro-Russian separatists in southeastern regions who it says are backed by Moscow.

"Instead of forcing the Kiev clique to sit at the table with southeastern Ukraine to negotiate the future structure of the country, our partners are doing Washington's bidding with new unfriendly gestures aimed at Russia," the Foreign Ministry said.

"If this is how someone in Brussels hopes to stabilize the situation in Ukraine, it is obvious evidence of a complete lack of understanding of the internal political situation ... and a direct invitation for the local neo-Nazis to continue to conduct lawlessness and reprisals against the peaceful population of the southeast," it said in a statement. "Are they not ashamed?"

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said separately that U.S. and EU sanctions were "an absolutely counterproductive, trite measure that will force the already critical situation in Ukraine into a dead end," state-run news agency RIA reported.

Russia and the West accuse one another of failing to take steps to implement an April 17 agreement to ease tension over Ukraine. Russia retaliated against visa bans and asset freezes imposed following its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last month but has not yet announced any steps in response to the new sanctions unveiled by the United States and EU this week.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (5)
itsmysayokay wrote:
If anybody should be ashamed it is none other than Putin himself.
He is the one implicated in all the upheaval in Ukraine and I have no doubt about that. He brought all this on himself and his Country and deserves everything he gets from the EU and USA.

Apr 29, 2014 6:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lovetwo wrote:
Mr. Obama

God has asked that you join the Ark of The Covenant, not to steal it.

Unite in Peace with the rest of the world to Save Life Eternal.

I will ask you once more to remove the sanctions, stop warring and go home to look after your own nation.

Peace be with you All.


Apr 29, 2014 7:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JPHR wrote:
You are of course entitled to your opinion but you may consider this
In 2008 Condoleeza rice was quite willing to throw Georgia under the bus to sabotage increasing EU-Russia economic cooperation. Kerry now with Ukraine is simply copying her mode of operation.
The US is using democracy as a pretext, which simply lacks any credibility given the US relation with Saudi Arabia. The US has been sponsoring Ukraine for NATO
Even right wing republicans are questioning US policy

Apr 29, 2014 8:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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