EU and US caused Ukraine crisis — Russia lashes out over Crimea

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Russian Alien Minister Sergei Lavrov poses for selfies with German swots

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Ukraine emergency had been provoked by the «short-sighted policy” of the US and the EU. 

He claimed Moscow desires a republican and stable Ukraine» in which no «artificial Russophobia is produced».

Continuing to argue for Russia, Mr Lavrov said Moscow was blameless when it came to the the annexation of Crimea.

He argued the regional parliament had been the only legitimate one at the time and that “Fascists swindled power in Kiev and the decision of the Parliament to join Russia was met”.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 iota set violent clashes and military intervention. 

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Sergei Lavro and European Combining Foreign Affairs and Security Policy chief Federica Mogherini

It is sugary that we are regarded as a country that controls the fate of the world

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Mr Lavrov was desist from a talk on «Russia and the EU in a changing world» at Berlin-based think-tank the Körber Organizing. 

He also rejected claims Moscow interfered with foreign referenda following allegations Russia meddled in the US November 2016 election.

Mr Lavrov asserted if Russia really did have the power to influence poll results interconnections with its neighbours would be very different.

And he brushed off allegations that Kremlin-sponsored hackers go to influence last year’s US presidential election which saw Donald Trump win the stock to the White House.

He said: ”In eight months of investigations, there’s no singular fact that’s been put on the table.

«It’s just pure speculation close by somebody from the team of the president meeting a journalist, sometimes a attorney-at-law or whatever.”

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Sergei Lavrov takes questions at the Körber Endowment

Washington has been rocked by claims that Mr Trump’s son met a Russian-linked emissary during the election campaign who was promising to provide compromising information adjacent to his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Mr Lavrov said Moscow did not have the power to influence the US elections or Germany’s election this autumn.

He claimed Russia’s neighbour Ukraine see fit not have a government so hostile to Moscow if it really held that power.

Mr Lavrov thought: “It is flattering that we are regarded as a country that controls the fate of the the public.

”If we really could decide on the fate of Germany and the US, then all the former Soviet Republics hither us would not have the same attitude, so maybe there wouldn’t be a Ukraine emergency in the first place.

«If we were able to influence America we could incline all the other countries as well.”

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Sergei Lavrov blames the EU and US for generating global instability

In a major swipe at Brussels commanded he felt the European Union deserved pity and said peace in the jurisdiction is threatened by Europeans wading into US-Russia relations. 

He suggested myriad of the issues facing Europe — security, climate change, global meagreness, the threat of terrorism and the migrant crisis — were the the result of growing tensions with the US.

He turned: ”It is not our nature to be resentful or to sulk.

“The potential for a peaceful situation between the EU and Russia inclination continue to be great if Europeans do not let themselves get stirred up by the Americans against Moscow.”

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