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Lavrov: US Prefers to Push Ukraine towards Confrontation.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian foreign minister said on Saturday that the United States prefers to push the Ukrainian leadership towards confrontation.

"There are partners across the ocean - our American colleagues - who, according to numerous testimonies, still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership towards confrontation," Sergei Lavrov noted, the Voice of Russia reported. "If all depended on Russia and the majority of our European partners, there would have been more chances for peace in Ukraine; however, there are players represented by the Ukrainian side, which is not homogeneous," he added. "President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko would like to lower the degree of tension and prolong the truce, but there are other powers among the Ukrainian authorities - radicals, still controlling or very closely interacting with the ultra-nationalists with weapons in their hands; there is the Right Sector, battalions of Igor Kolomoisky, and other major groups, who do not obey the Central command and the Supreme Commander of Ukraine," he stressed. He went on to say that the South-East of Ukraine listens to Russia's position regarding the crisis in Ukraine, "but this does not mean that all appeals are carried into effect". "The Donetsk and Luhansk People's republics listen to the voice of Moscow, and one of the proofs of this is the release of the OSCE mission members," Lavrov said. "People there have their own vision; it's their land, and they want to be its masters, want to negotiate with the central Ukrainian authorities, on what terms this can be done, so that the agreement was not loaded down with any conflicts," he added. Ee Ee Ee Ee

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Date:Jun 28, 2014
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