Russia: Kiev will face justice for 'bloody crime' in eastern Ukraine

Russia: Kiev will face justice for 'bloody crime' in eastern Ukraine
Fri Apr 25, 2014 13:23:47

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounces Kiev's security operation in eastern Ukraine as a "bloody crime," saying the interim government would face justice for staging a war against its own citizens.

"They (Kiev) are waging a war on their own people. This is a bloody crime and those who pushed the army to do that will pay, I am sure, and will face justice," he told a meeting with young diplomats in Moscow on Friday.

Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow protesters in the east of the country on Thursday.

Lavrov said Moscow was committed to implementing an international agreement clinched in Geneva between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union to ease the tensions in Ukraine but accused Washington of distorting it.

"Russia will firmly contribute to the de-escalation of the conflict based on the compromise approach agreed in Geneva...there can be no one-sided demands. And we are being presented with them - first of all I mean by the United States of America who have an outstanding ability to turn everything on its head," he said.

He also criticized the US Secretary of State John Kerry for an "unacceptable, accusatory tone" after the top US diplomat suggested on Thursday that Washington was close to imposing more sanctions on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.

Relations between Russia and the West are at their worst since the end of the Cold War, with each side accusing the other of failure to implement the Geneva accords.


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