Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

MOSCOW - Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgian war.

Speaking to Russian state TV channel RT, Mr Lavrov also accused the US of "running the show" in Ukraine.

It was "quite telling" that Kiev had re-launched its "anti-terrorist" operation during a visit by US Vice-President Joe Biden, he said.

Ukraine's government is struggling with an armed revolt in the country's east.

Kiev and the West say Moscow commands gunmen there - a charge denied by Russia.

In recent weeks, pro-Russian militants have seized administrative buildings in at least a dozen towns in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

They have occupied public buildings and installed their own officials, in similar tactics to those used to take over the Ukrainian region of Crimea earlier in the year.

The US has called on Moscow to ask pro-Russian gunmen to lay down their weapons and leave public buildings. It has also urged Russia to tone down its aggressive rhetoric or face further sanctions.

Comments (5)

The truth is that the world is dealing with Mr Putin who is a dictator',He is prepared to shed blood in that region so as to appear as if he has Russian people at heart .

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America is the trouble causer here, imagine a situation where by Russia send its troops to meddle in the affairs of Mexico so as to set base near America, what would the Americans say, lets be realistic, why is it that in nearly all the conflicts in the world America has a hand

Nyamhangambiri - 24 April 2014

Even Russia has a base in Cuba, next to the USA. 2 powers exercising their strengths using weaker nations.

Lameck - 24 April 2014

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