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story.lead_photo.caption Armed Pro Russian militants inspect a car near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, on Friday, April 25, 2014. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and said the pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast would lay down their arms only if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in the capital, Kiev. - Photo by AP/Sergei Grits

MOSCOW — Accusing the West of plotting to control Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared Friday that the pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine will only lay down their arms if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in Kiev.

"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," Lavrov said.

He added the pro-Russia insurgents will disarm and vacate buildings "only if Kiev authorities get down to implementing the Geneva accords, clear out that shameful Maidan and liberate the buildings that have been illegally seized."

Ukraine's reaction was swift.

"The world has not yet forgotten the second World War, but Russia is already keen on starting a third world war," acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk retorted.


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  • cliffcarson
    April 25, 2014 at 1:42 p.m.

    Of course Lavrov is right. The U S has been spending millions over the last few years, trying to foster a Coup in Ukraine and that is exactly what occurred. For you who don't keep up, the U S chose the new president of Ukraine weeks before the Coup, teamed up with the Neo-Nazi Party, Svoboda, and the International Banksters to form the new Ukrainian Government - before the Coup.

    Within, hours of the Coup, the US and NATO had recognized the new Government and fabricated the lie that the new Government took power only because the old Government had abandoned the position. They did leave a running, to save their lives, you might recall the effort to try to apprehend the old Government before they got out of Ukraine, so they could put them on trial.