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    Russia Slams US, EU for Backing Ukraine 'Coup'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference on the sidelines of the the 69th U.N. General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 26, 2014.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference on the sidelines of the the 69th U.N. General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 26, 2014.
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    Russia, hit with stiff Western sanctions for its role in the Ukraine crisis, accused the United States and the European Union on Saturday of backing a "coup d'etat" that drove Ukraine's pro-Russian president from power early this year.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly, said "Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force," and is "trying to decide for everyone what is good or evil."

    Saturday's address is the latest evidence of deteriorating ties between Moscow and the West. In it, Lavrov cited the 1999 NATO bombing of Serb targets in Kosovo, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya as examples of what he called "arrogant [Western] policy."

    He also described Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in April as a choice made by the Russian-speaking population there.

    Immediately ahead of Lavrov's address, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the annexation a crime — a characterization shared by Washington and the 28-nation European Union.

    Steinmeier accused Moscow of having "unilaterally changed existing borders in Europe" and said Moscow "thus broke international law."

    Lavrov made no reference to Western accusations that the Kremlin sent troops and heavy weaponry into eastern Ukraine to back the separatist rebellion near the Russian border. Nor did he refer to Western charges of Kremlin complicity in the July shootdown of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine airspace. U.S. analysts say the aircraft with 298 people on board was destroyed by a Russian surface-to-air missile battery supplied by the Kremlin.

    Moscow has denied involvement and insists Russian troops inside Ukraine in recent months were acting as volunteers.

    At the White House Saturday, President Barack Obama said the United States is leading a global effort "to rally the world against Russian aggression in Ukraine." He also vowed that the United States and its allies "will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy."

    Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: JD from: Canada
    September 29, 2014 3:25 AM
    I think that most of the comments here are fairly off the mark, Regardless of whether or not the US or other Countries backed a coup, they did not send in military personnel into the Ukraine and kick out any Ukrainians out of navy bases, or other military installations, or disarm police station.

    The previous Ukrainian president brought the protests on himself, and when a change took place, Putin decided to send in out of uniform special forces to take Crimea, after airports were cut off and city police stations and military installations were relieved of their weapons, and with Crimea truly defenseless, did Putin announce a vote of separation in Crimea, again that's after military force was used.

    Since then everything coming out of Putin and Lavrov's mouth has been a lie.... nothing from the Russian Government is to be believed.

    Every time Putin uses the word partner, he really means ENEMY, This mad dog is trying to pick a fight and start a nuclear war.
    It's about time Putin, this wanna - be - Hitler, needs to be put down ,before the first nuke is fired.

    And now Lavrov, comes out with this drivel about the problem in the Ukraine being fault of the US..... the US DID NOT send in out of uniform military special forces in to Ukraine..... RUSSIA DID!!

    And now it's whining and having a temper tantrum, because sanctions ARE having a massive effect on the Russian economy.

    Lavrov says, let's have a reset 2.0...... more Russian lies, they are stupid if they think ANYBODY is buying their brand of DECEPTION!!

    The people of Russia have now been protesting in the streets, by the common people of Russia, against Putin and what Putin has done in the Ukraine.

    I'm sure the common folk of Russia are a good, decent, peace loving people, it's it's psychopathic leader, and his quest for world domination that needs to be dethroned.

    And NATO is only ramping up defensive measures so they won't have another Crimea on there hands........ I seriously doubt that NATO or any other country on the planet, wants to cross over into Russia. Russia has caused it's own problems and wars internally with Belarus, and Georgia...... WHY...... because Putin is mindless, and does not seek peace with anybody......... only WAR!!!!!

    by: Gene from: Washington
    September 28, 2014 5:13 AM
    We all are guilty of dirty little wars to further the wealth's personal financial gain. English, Dutch, French, German, and U.S., strangely the media only takes the view of the investment consortium that owns them, and sensors the balance. When citizens of the U.S. need facts they look to alternative sources due to censorship and political "sway" of media outlets. (privately owned, operated, and controlled by the very interests that wish to use citizens tax dollars and children's lives' to further their own financial goals or monopolies"
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    by: Liam from: Isles
    September 29, 2014 6:59 AM
    Mike, what you're saying comes of biased and nationalistic. You seem hide behind your own opinion. Look at archie, he decided Russia has downed the plane, despite an independent investigation.
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    by: Mike - USA from: USA
    September 28, 2014 3:25 PM
    Really....what are you saying....comes across very labored. The problem is your comment doesn't say anything. Russia supported an ugly lilltle war in Ukraine after taking over Crimea. They supplied weapons, men and money. Supporting dictatorship in Russia is no place for you to be.
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    by: Archie Ray
    September 28, 2014 2:38 PM
    No Gene, you are missing the reality of the situation - the downing of that civillian Malaysian aircraft with a sophisticated BUK missile system, supplied by u know whom, which the Russians are vehemently denying, believing denial will absolve their complicity.

    by: gen from: japan
    September 28, 2014 1:30 AM
    US had forgot the annexation of California and was bloody war.US ego.It was ONLY 170 years ago.
    US is amnesia?

    by: C L Who from: Minneapolis
    September 28, 2014 1:29 AM
    What annexation of Crimea?

    The people voted. They requested overwhelmingly to become part of Russia. Russia agreed. So what?
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    by: Steve from: Mike's home.
    September 29, 2014 6:49 AM
    Really? Strawman fallacy? When did you decide a section cannot just vote? The right to determination is valid under UN charter.
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    by: Mike - USA from: USA
    September 28, 2014 3:30 PM
    Really.....what of all the troops. How would you have voted? A section of a country can't just vote to join another. The whole country would have to agree to a partial dismemberment. They were in it all together.

    by: gen from: japan
    September 28, 2014 1:12 AM
    Russia is right.Uklaine coup is one of US rebel business.Crimea anexation is good for creamian people.Everybody is happy for their pay-raise.
    US clearly backed urtra rightist grope in kiev.and these cause to bring lots of death in Ukraine.even tragedy would never happen.It all blames on US.

    by: Anonymous
    September 27, 2014 10:54 PM
    Well well, look who is calling the kettle black. The Russians have implemented illegal activities in Ukraine, they should just worry about their own internal affairs. The people of Russia don't like what their government is doing, nor does the world. It is great justice is soon coming for bashar al assad, and hopefully any crimes commited by others are investigated as well, including Putins activities.
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    by: C L Who from: Minnesota
    September 28, 2014 1:31 AM
    Anonymous, you've been reading the propaganda on this V o A website far too much. You need a different perspective, and soon!

    by: OneThat Reads from: World
    September 27, 2014 9:21 PM
    I see that the author of this article didn't listen or chose not to listen to the speech

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