Ukrainians deserve to choose own future: Kerry
CHISINAU (AFP) - Ukrainians should be allowed to choose their own future, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, after Kiev's decision to put a key EU pact on hold sparked mass street protests in the former Soviet state.
Mr Kerry praised Moldova for initialling an EU agreement during a visit to that country, saying that "The United States believes deeply that European integration is the best road for both security and prosperity for Moldova."
Moldova, a tiny former Soviet state, along with Georgia opted to sign partnership deals with the EU last week despite warnings from Moscow not to do so.
Mr Kerry added: "To the Ukrainian people, we say the same thing: you too deserve the opportunity to choose your own future."