U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:28
April 8 - U.S. Secretary of State Kerry says ''No one is fooled,'' by Russian involvement in pro-Moscow demonstrations in eastern Ukraine, which could be ''pretext'' for intervention. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Scenes from Eastern Ukraine.
Pro Russian protesters occupy state buildings.
A sign says "No to American Occupation"
It's a scene played out in Ukraine's east, with U.S. Secretary of State pointing the finger at Russian ambitions.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING:
"Russia's clear and unmistakable involvement in destabilizing and engaging in separatist activities in the East of Ukraine is more than deeply disturbing. No one should be fooled, and believe me, no one is fooled by what could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just saw saw in Crimea."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the situation could improve if Kiev took into account the interests of mainly Russian speaking regions.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING:
"We are deeply convinced, and nobody has so far challenged this conviction, that the situation cannot be calmed down and changed into national dialogue if the Ukrainian authorities go on ignoring the interests of the southeastern regions of the country."
Russia has warned Kiev against using force to end the occupations. But authorities may have already decided not to give Moscow an excuse to intervene, holding back in the hope that the protests will fizzle out.
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