MOSCOW Feb 18 Russia blamed the West on Tuesday
for an escalation of tension in Ukraine, saying it was a "direct
result of connivance by Western politicians and European
structures that have shut their eyes ... on the aggressive
actions of radical forces".
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on the
Ukrainian opposition to "refrain from threats and ultimatums and
establish a substantive dialogue with the authorities with the
aim of extricating the country from deep crisis."
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Steve Gutterman)