UPDATE 1-Russia says U.S. backs "party of war" in Kiev, urges ceasefire

Thu Sep 4, 2014 8:34am EDT

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MOSCOW, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Moscow accused Washington on Thursday of backing what it called the "party of war" in Kiev and said it was counting on a response from the leadership in Ukraine and rebels in its east to a Kremlin ceasefire plan.

"The surge in anti-Russian rhetoric that we have seen exactly when there is a very active effort to seek a political solution shows that the party of war in Kiev has active external support, in this case from the United States," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart.

In contrast, he said, Russia was "doing and will do" everything in its power to secure peace in eastern Ukraine.

Lavrov was referring to U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks about NATO keeping the door open for new members.

The West has imposed sanctions on Moscow for its actions in Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels rose up in two provinces after Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula in March.

President Vladimir Putin presented a peace plan earlier this week, outlining seven steps that included a prisoner exchange and the creation of a humanitarian corridor for refugees and aid supplies.

Lavrov said Moscow was keen to learn what Kiev and the rebels thought about the plan at talks due on Friday in the Belarussian capital Minsk, but made clear that a ceasefire in Ukraine should be the primary goal at this point.

"We would like to hear the reaction to this proposal from the two opposing parties, Kiev and the southeast of Ukraine," he said. "We will be ready to hear additional proposals too in order to agree a common position."

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has criticised Putin's plan, saying his real intention was "to destroy Ukraine and restore the Soviet Union".

The European Union is considering new sanctions this week which could tighten financial restrictions on Russian companies. Russia has responded to sanctions by banning imports of some Western food. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk and Alissa de Carbonnel, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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Apolon wrote:
If Russia is doing all it can to promote peace than Russia is in fact admitting that it is militarily and politically powerless. And if that is the case, why would anyone want to join any type of union with Russia. It seems that the only thing that the Putin government is able to do well is to propagate lies, disregard international laws and take the lives of innocent civilians. Putin is doing all this for one reason only, he cannot stand to see the Ukrainian people make a choice for integration into a global community that at least attempts to uphold the rules of law rather than function on the basis of repression, cronyism, corruption and threats. It is becoming unbearable to listen to the words of Mr. Lavrov. It seems that his only agenda is to provoke the Ukrainian government into direct confrontation. Why not have the Russian government focus on bettering the lives of its own people rather than meddle into the affairs of a sovereign state that clearly does not want Russian support. In fact the Ukrainian people are willing to face a nuclear power rather than give up their sovereignty and a dignified future for rising generations. Some one should inform President Putin that most of the world believes that we are living in the 21st century and have passed through the reign of imperialism and colonialism into a period of globalization.

Sep 04, 2014 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
iaaggg wrote:
And the award for worlds biggest liar goes to……….Sergei Lavrov.
After he said the satellite photos from the UA of Russian positions were from computer games. I had to give it to him.

Sep 04, 2014 9:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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