ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin complained on Friday about what he called the West’s support for ‘a coup d’etat’ in Ukraine in 2014 during which the country’s pro-Moscow president fled.
“Why support a coup d’etat in Ukraine? ... It is likely that the opposition, which is currently in power, would have come to power by democratic means,” Putin said at a question and answer session during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
He said the way power had changed hands had led to bloodshed and had frightened the Russian-speaking population in Crimea and south-eastern Ukraine. (Reporting by Alexander Winning, Ekaterina Golubkova and Christian Lowe; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Osborn)