Xinhua says West must stop 'meddling' in Ukraine's affairs
BEIJING (REUTERS) - Western powers should stop meddling in Ukraine's affairs and manipulating the "opinions of the people" about a trade pact with the European Union, China's official government newswire Xinhua said on Friday.
The commentary, which came days after a visit to China by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, criticised western leaders for voicing support for the thousands of protesters who have rallied in Kiev's Independence Square for three weeks.
"The West must keep its hands off the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation," the commentary said. "Showing support for the anti-government protesters is a serious blow to Ukrainian democracy, not to mention that it could complicate regional affairs."
The commentary accused the West of "stoking confrontation"and turmoil in the region by pushing Ukraine towards the European Union "in a direct challenge to Moscow".