U.S. says it's not in Russia's interest for Ukraine to be engulfed in violence

by Reuters
Friday, 21 February 2014 19:11 GMT

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that it is not in Russia's interest for Ukraine to be gripped by violence, and rejected the notion that the situation in Ukraine represented a Cold War style "tug of war" between the United States and Russia.

"It is in Russia's interest that Ukraine not be engulfed in violence - Kiev or other places - and that it return to stability, and that progress be made towards a future in Ukraine that reflects the will of the Ukrainian people," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a news briefing.

"So it's very important to view this not as a tug of war between East and West or the United States and Russia," Carney added on the same day that Ukrainian opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich aiming to resolve a violent political crisis. (Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)