Lavrov: Ukraine step toward Nato counter-productive

2014-12-23 22:01
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev, AP)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev, AP)

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Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Ukraine's adoption of a bill to drop its non-aligned status was "absolutely counter-productive".

The move "creates an illusion that through this bill, through an aspiration to drop non-aligned status and join Nato - which Ukrainian politicians openly talk about - one can settle a deep crisis of the Ukrainian state," Lavrov said in televised remarks.

"Instead it's necessary to put an end to confrontation and start an open, all-inclusive dialogue including with those who rejected the anti-constitutional military coup and refused to bow to Kiev," he said in an apparent reference to Moscow-backed rebels.

In February, a popular uprising ousted Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovych, triggering a chain of events that culminated in the seizure of Crimea by Moscow in March and the outbreak of a pro-Russian separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine in April.

Ukraine earlier Tuesday took a historic step toward Nato membership, with lawmakers overwhelmingly adopting a bill dropping the country's non-aligned status.

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