West 'very bad ally': Russian FM

By Ayman Gamali, Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday described the West as a

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday described the West as a "very bad ally".

TUNIS – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday described the West as a "very bad ally".

Speaking at a press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Mongi Hamdi, Lavrov said the European Union (E.U.) and the United States (U.S.) are unable to abide by agreements between Ukrainian authorities and opposition.

Last month, toppled Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych had signed a deal with opposition leaders to introduce constitutional reforms and form a unity government.

The deal, however, was snubbed by the Ukrainian opposition, which announced fresh presidential election on May 25.

Russia has described Yanukovych`s ouster as a "coup" and insisted that he was still the country`s legitimate leader.

Lavrov argued that the violations of agreements to resolve the Ukrainian crisis reflect U.S-E.U failure to "influence", describing the position of the European bloc as "very ambiguous."

The US has threatened sanctions against Russia over its position on the Ukrainian crisis, a move criticized by Moscow.

“We have always been against unilateral sanctions. They have never come to any good,” Lavrov said.

“I hope our partners will understand that this policy is counterproductive,” he added.

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