Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, accused Europe and the United States of supporting a “coup d’etat” against deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich, a Moscow ally, a year ago and turning a blind eye to nationalists he said were intent on ethnic cleansing in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov cast the conflict in Ukraine as the result of a Western push to preserve global dominance following the Soviet Union’s collapse and asserted that the United States had taken steps that have led to escalation at every stage of the Ukraine crisis. Russia says Ukraine should keep its current borders — with the exception of Crimea, which it legally annexed in March — but has made clear it wants the rebel-held territories to be free to run their own affairs with a minimum of control from Kyiv. Lavrov reiterated Russia’s warnings against it, pointing to what he said were growing calls in the West to “pump Ukraine full of lethal weapons.” “This position will only exacerbate the tragedy of Ukraine,” Lavrov said.
Several European governments have said they will not arm Ukraine and questioned whether the United States should do so.
Europe and U.S. clash over how to confront Putin over Ukraine, Germany’s Angela Merkel warned on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there. Angela Merkel flatly rejected the idea that sending weapons to Kiev, an idea being considered by U.S. President Barack Obama, would help resolve the conflict. “The problem is that I can’t envision any situation in which a better-equipped Ukraine military would convince President Putin that he could lose militarily,” Merkel added. “Nobody is interested in a renewed split of Europe. And much less in a confrontation with the risk of an uncontrollable escalation,” Merkel said. “We want to establish security in Europe with Russia, not against Russia.”
ONCE AGAIN THE US WANTS TO SUPPORT A FALSE WAR NOT IN IT’S BACK YARD.