Russia enlists China’s support on position with Ukraine

Newscast Media BEIJING—Russia says it has enlisted China’s support for its claim that
the overthrow of the government in Ukraine last month was orchestrated by “external

The situation in Ukraine was discussed Monday at consultations in Moscow between
Chinese deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping and his Russian counterpart, Grigory

“The Chinese side expressed understanding of Russia’s analysis of reasons behind the
deep political crisis in Ukraine and the role of external forces that acted to support
Euromaidan,” Russia foreign ministry said, referring to the informal name of the
uprising that culminated with the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.

More than 90 people were killed – including dozens of protesters and more than a
dozen policemen – during months of largely peaceful demonstrations that sporadically
tipped over into violence.

Moscow has routinely blamed the United States and the European Union of lending
the protest movement their support, while some lawmakers have claimed Western
governments offered funding and training to demonstrators.

The Foreign Ministry said China blames Ukraine’s opposition for failing to comply with
an EU-brokered agreement with Yanukovych on February 21 to end the months-long
political standoff that had gripped the country.

That deal envisioned elections by the end of the year and reforms to the
constitution. A Russian representative who oversaw the agreement refrained from
signing it.

Opposition forces occupied parliament on February 22, as Yanukovych fled the capital
for destination unknown, until finally surfacing in southern Russia around a week later.
Yanukovych has described his ouster as a coup and insists he remains the country’s
legitimate head of state.

Source: Ria Novosti