November 28, 2018 / 2:17 PM / 17 days ago

Russia's Lavrov says U.S. encouragement for Ukraine 'saddens me greatly'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in Geneva, Switzerland, November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States should stop encouraging provocative moves by Ukraine and instead mediate between Kiev and rebel-held Ukrainian regions, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday.

Lavrov said Ukrainian warships had ignored maritime law on Sunday when they tried to enter the Kerch Strait, aiming to create a scandal for domestic political purposes and U.S. encouragement for such acts “saddens me greatly”. [nL8N1Y32H9]

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Tom Miles; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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