MOSCOW, January 21 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused some European governments Tuesday of “indecent” interference in the political crisis in Ukraine.
Lavrov urged European politicians to stop interfering in Ukraine's affairs and fanning the worsening confrontation between the government and opposition demonstrators in the former Soviet state.
“We’d prefer that some of our European colleagues would not act so unceremoniously over the Ukrainian crisis, when without any invitations members of some European governments hurried to Maidan and took part in anti-government demonstrations,” Lavrov told reporters at a news conference, referring to the mass rallies at Kiev's central square.
“It was just indecent,” he said.
Anti-government protests started in Kiev late November when demonstrators occupied the central Independence Square following Kiev’s decision to pull back from economic integration with the European Union in favor of closer trade links with Russia.
The opposition protests have been visited by numerous foreign state officials who have denounced the Ukrainian government’s policy, including the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton last month.
Lavrov said the situation in Kiev was “spinning out of control” as fierce fighting between protesters and riot police continued for a third day on Tuesday.
He suggested that the riots, which began after Ukraine’s parliament hurriedly passed a new package of laws last week imposing strict limits on protests, had been partly influenced from abroad.