Russia's Lavrov says Ukraine 'crudely violating' Geneva accords

by Reuters
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:58 GMT

MOSCOW, April 21 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused Ukraine of violating an accord reached in Geneva last week aimed at averting a wider conflict.

"Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement," he said.

Lavrov also told a news conference that a deadly gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists showed Kiev did not want to control "extremists" (Reporting by Nigel Stephenson; Editing by Conor Humphries)

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