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    Russia: US Pushing for Ukraine Confrontation

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, gestures while speaking to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier during their talks  in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, gestures while speaking to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier during their talks in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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    Russia's foreign minister has accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow.

    Sergei Lavrov, in televised remarks Saturday, said "our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path."

    Lavrov said the chances for settling the Ukrainian crisis would have been better if the negotiations only depended on Russia and its European partners.

    On Friday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko extended a unilateral cease-fire with pro-Russian separatists for three more days.

    Some of the rebels said they would observe a truce as long as the Ukrainian military does.

    Prior to his announcement , Ukraine said four of its soldiers were killed and several wounded in an attack by separatist fighters in Kramotorsk in the eastern part of the Donetsk region.

    The European Union is demanding the separatists and their supporters in Moscow take steps to de-escalate the crisis in eastern Ukraine -- including holding "substantial" peace talks and letting a European team monitor the cease-fire.

    Friday Ukraine signed a new free trade and economic pact with the EU, angering Russia which is threatening to retaliate.

    This is the same deal former pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign last year, leading to his overthrow and the chaos in eastern Ukraine.

    Mr. Poroshenko said he is determined to make the agreement work and is committed to making the necessary economic reforms.

    A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin will have to take steps to protect its economy. He gave no details.

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    by: La Manch from: French
    June 30, 2014 9:33 AM
    Hi ! Every one. I would like to give one idea for this text. Every one should back to the pass. WW2 which country start the war? Which win ? The Soviet not responsible to Afghan war... American not responsible to Vietnam Cambodia Leos ...war. American support Kosovo independent after that Russia support Southossetir and Abkasir . Russia support Syria rebels and Russia give hand to Syria gov.

    All around the world there are many conflict concerned to American and Russia. Why they do like this. The supper power ... Number one power. They never do any things without think to their own . So the way to Ukraine is rest in middle way between est and west. Please think to urs people urs land. Not urs glory. American have no proper aim to save ur country. After Ukraine destroy or cut in pices they only say Im sorry.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 01, 2014 3:44 AM
    That right, La Manch, from FRENCH? OK, you are not French to begin with. Maybe in a nation of French influence, but definitely not French. Mentioning Vietnam, and being French, is like mentioning the US Civil War (slaves) and being from Atlanta. Vietnam was a French started war and territory. US got involved when the French ran like little girls, leaving the Vietnamese helpless. I think you are from the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, or somewhere in between Djibouti.

    Of course Russia attacking and cutting up another country is USA's fault. Russia is innocent. Bad, bad, USA for making the RUSSIANS KILL UKRAINIANS! By the way, your last statement should be "US support Syria rebels and Russia give hand to Syria gov." Oh yeah, and the USA is not the only country involved with the intervention between RUSSIA and Ukraine. Hey, La Manch, you have a piece of escargot caught in your teeth.

    by: john mac from: sydney
    June 29, 2014 9:39 PM
    Only Russia can fix the problem. STOP BULLYING UKRAINE. Stop supply arm to pro Russian rebels. Crimea belong to Ukraine, give back to them.Give Ukraine the freedom to choose their own future.

    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    June 29, 2014 12:18 PM
    To G Campello from Brazil

    Hardly anybody will argue with you that it is the basic human right of any people to be free, submit to yield to no dictation. However, you missed the TITLE of the article, the WORDS of FM Lavrov: “our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path." Lavrov said the chances for settling the Ukrainian crisis WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER if the negotiations ONLY depended on Russia and its European partners!!!
    My comment was that NO OTHER mediators, particularly the USA, are needed to solve the crisis. President Obama’s Administration HAS NO professional people in his team to advise him on Ukraine – be it careless Jen Psaki, who showed the world lack of knowledge of geography of Europe etc, or be it Victoria Nuland with her “F” words towards the EU leaders.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 29, 2014 11:49 PM
    Wow Gennady, you sure do know how to turn your very own words around. Are you a politician? So when so said, quote "Everywhere in the world, the USA starts bloodshed and destabilization," you were just making a general statement, not to be taken verbatim? Let's say you are correct about that, about the USA: Why don't you at least address that YOUR RUSSIAN weapons have been KILLING Ukranians? Who cares who's right, who's wrong, can you look past that? It's not American weapons that are murdering people in their very own sovereign nation (that was agreed to be sovereign by your RUSSIA), but it IS RUSSIAN weapons that are killing Ukranians in their very own sovereign nation! Not American weapons! NOT AMERICAN WEAPONS!!!!! Sorry that I can't make the letters bigger, but I believe your eyesight can't focus on anything unless it BLAMES THE USA!!!! Maybe with some extra spaces: N-O-T A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N W-E-A-P-O-N-S !-!-!-! Did that help you Gennady of Volga Region, Russia?

    OK, let's pretend for a moment that the USA did not get involved in any way, so stay with me because I know that blaming America is the first thing you think of when you awake in the morning. Without anyone, even the EU, being involved with this crisis, what would you say about your RUSSIAN WEAPONS KILLING UKRANIANS IN THEIR OWN NATION? If you can answer this simple question, then you will win your very own "I Hate America!" bumper sticker!

    Silence!!!
    Absolute silence!!!!

    That still cracks me up! So funny.

    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    June 28, 2014 9:37 PM
    It’s a bizarre sort of “journalism” – typically VOA’s reporting. So, really, what does the VOA (as a vicious spokeperson of notorious CIA) think of the opinion expressed by FM Sergei Lavrov?
    Silence!!!
    Absolute silence!!!
    VOA caught red-handed?
    The thing is that FM Sergei Lavrov is avsolutely right. Everywhere in the world, the USA starts bloodshed and destabilization. Examples are overwhelming.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 02, 2014 1:30 AM

    Yes, the 'CIA run VOA' is at it again! The USA does start all the bloodshed in the world. Thanks alot USA. Why did the USA make Russia start this war in Ukraine. Mean, mean, blood hungry USA! Yep, the USA made Russia arm the seperatists in Ukraine! Mean, mean, blood hungry USA! Putin kept begging the USA that he didn't want to give weapons and tanks and anti-aircraft misslies to the seperatists, but the USA forced Putin to do just that! Mean, mean, blood hungry USA! And all these years of giving Islamic jihadists Russian made AK-47's, but the Russians kept begging the USA to stop making them give these Islamist jihadist their very own RUSSIAN MADE weapons. Mean, mean, blood hungry USA. I wish the USA would stop bullying the peaceful and innocent Russia. Shame on you USA! And the evil CIA making the gentle KGB do all that imprisoning, torturing, murdering of innocent Russians. Shame on you evil, evil, blood hungry CIA! It is so obvious for the past 100 years that the blood hungry USA has been stealing all those Russian made weapons, missiles, tanks, chemical weapons, aircraft and then giving them to blood hungry warlords all over the world! Good for you Gennady of Russia, thanks for exposing the blood hungry USA for framing the Russians and making the Russians look like they were arming warlords to do evil in the world. Maybe one day, Putin will tell the blood hungry USA, "No, I will not give weapons to anyone any more!!! Stop making me do that! I don't want my RUSSIAN MADE WEAPONS to cause harm to anyone, OK."
    Thanks, Gennady of Russia, the 'blame the USA' campaign is fun, and I feel so much better. Hipocracy is a better way of life. I love it! Next time, can we try a different country to blame everything on? Let's try Luxembourg, nobody ever picks on them! Oh come on, this is fun, isn't it? Don't worry, I won't tell anyone about Russia giving away war machines and weapons just like the USA does. Shhhhhhhh! Let's just keep that between you and me, OK? America bashing is much more fun.

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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 01, 2014 3:51 AM
    Silence!!!!
    Absolute silence!!!
    I keeeeeeel you!!!
    Silence!!!

    Still makes me laugh. Americans will laugh at anything, oh, and start all the bloodshed in the world. Sorry Gennady, almost forgot that. Why don't you and Gen from Japan say hello to each other? What, oh you see Gen of Japan when yo look into the mirror? Wow, that's funny! He looks exactly like you! Oh, you mean it is you? The same guy? (or girl, hehe) You are in japan and Russia at the same time. Wow, you must have frequent flier miles in the zillions!!!!!!
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    by: G Campello from: Brazil
    June 29, 2014 9:14 AM
    Mr. The sameway you and others are finding hair in a egg, Americans and others are finding legs in a snake (KGB new repression agency, following orders from a former KGB agent). This is not the point. The point is as you, Russians, wouldn't liked to be under tha Nazis controls, Ucranians don't want to be under Russians orders. It's their humans right. Russia comand is better then nobody else. Russia policy is not a model of democracy. Not even close. People (Russian people in the late 1940, can tell you what your great lider Stalin, did to then. Your own people.

    by: anh from: washington
    June 28, 2014 4:39 PM
    amis out

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