Russia accuses West of wanting 'to control Ukraine'

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of trying to control Ukraine for "its own political ambitions".

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

"The West wants - and this is how it all began - to seize control of Ukraine because of their own political ambitions, not in the interests of the Ukrainian people," he said.

He said pro-Russian insurgents in the south east of the country would lay down their arms only if the Ukrainian government cleared the Maidan protest camp in the capital Kiev.

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