Monday, February 24, 2014

Russia Reacts To The Uprising In Ukraine

Russia Slams Ukraine Upheaval As Illegal 'Armed Uprising' -- Christian Science Monitor

The Russian prime minister attacked the legitimacy of Kiev's government, which ousted President Yanukovych over the weekend. But Moscow is waiting to see what happens next before acting.

While Moscow is outwardly calm, anxiety is seething just beneath the surface over the disorderly, rapid-fire changes in Kiev that ousted a government the Kremlin had carefully courted and ushered in new politicians who are a largely unknown quantity.

Although President Vladimir Putin, who has been busy with the Olympics closing ceremonies in Sochi, has yet to address events in Ukraine, the Kremlin has begun to voice its worries about the transition – which it says is of dubious legality, if not out-and-out "dictatorial."

“Strictly speaking, there is nobody to speak with over there. The legitimacy of a whole range of organs of power working there raises substantial doubts,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said today, reports Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti.

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More News On Russia's Reaction To The Uprising In Ukraine

Kremlin Says Ukrainian Instability Threatens Russian Interests -- New York Times
Medvedev Raises Doubts on Legitimacy of New Powers in Ukraine -- RIA Novosti
Ukraine’s new authorities resort to ‘dictatorial’ methods in regions – Russia -- RT
Ukraine revolution live: Russia says it won't deal with 'armed mutineers' in Kiev -- The Telegraph
Russia's Medvedev Calls Ukraine a Possible Threat -- Wall Street Journal
Russia Accuses Kyiv Of Using 'Dictatorial,' 'Terrorist' Means -- Radio Free Europe
Russia Doubts New Ukrainian Government's Legitimacy -- NBC
Ukraine crisis: Russia steps up Ukraine rhetoric -- BBC
Russia accuses Ukraine opposition of power grab, denounces ‘terrorist methods’ -- Washington Post
Good advice, wrong address: Russia responds to Susan Rice ‘no tanks to Ukraine’ warning -- RT
Moscow Monitoring Ukrainian Bill on Curtailing Russian -- RIA Novosti
Russia says any extension to gas agreement will need negotiation-Ifax -- Reuters
Putin takes losses on Ukraine, but Russia still has leverage and the will to use it -- Will Englund, Washington Post
Russian media paint a dark picture of Ukraine -- Deutsche Welle
Watching and Waiting: Will the Russian Bear Turn on Ukraine? -- Jim Maceda, NBC
Putin faces high risks over Ukraine with Russia's clout at stake -- AP

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