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Kerry warns Russia against 'expensive mistake' in Ukraine

Published on Apr 25, 2014 7:42 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Thursday that Russia's refusal to take any steps to end the crisis in Ukraine would prove costly, saying the window for Moscow to change course was closing.

In a surprise evening statement to reporters, the top US diplomat slammed Russia for breaking its promises by failing to implement the terms of a deal struck in Geneva last week with the US, EU and Kiev.

"For seven days Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction, not a single Russian official... has publicly gone on television in Ukraine and called on the separatists to support the standdown, to give up their weapons and get out of the Ukrainian buildings," Mr Kerry said.

Ukraine's interim leaders had from "day one" kept their word after agreeing to the deal, Mr Kerry said, adding that there had been "seven days, two opposite responses and one truth that cannot be ignored." He accused Moscow of a "full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic process through gross external intimidation" and described new Russian military exercises on the border of Ukraine on Thursday as "threatening."

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Thursday that Russia's refusal to take any steps to end the crisis in Ukraine would prove costly, saying the window for Moscow to change course was closing. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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