5 March 2014, 15:47
Ukraine: it is necessary to implement Feb 21 agreements – Lavrov
According to the Kommersant interlocutor, the US President Barack Obama, as well as the leaders of Germany, France and Poland, asked
Vladimir Putin to “exert influence on Yanukovych.” They told the Kremlin that they would in exchange make the Ukrainian opposition comply with all the five points of the agreement of February 21st, specifically to set up a government of national unity, carry out a constitutional reform and call early elections, and also ensure the surrender of illegally seized arms.
“Yanukovych met all of his commitments, while the opposition did not,” the Kommersant daily quotes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying. “Now the EU and the US urge us “to look to the future” and keep up appearances as if there were no agreement at all. But we’ll never buy that.”
The European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have discussed in Madrid the situation in Ukraine, a spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief said.
Spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said in Brussels on Tuesday that the discussion had been interesting. She did not elaborate.
Ukraine’s legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted in a violent uprising in February. The Ukrainian parliament appointed an interim head of state, set early presidential elections and approved a new government.
Russia’s official position was voiced by President Vladimir Putin at a news conference on Tuesday: Yanukovich remains the only legitimate Ukrainian president as no official impeachment procedures have been carried out.
Voice of Russia, Kommersant.ru, TASS