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Russia's premier raps G7 for backing Kiev

Iran Press TV

Thu Jun 5, 2014 1:15PM GMT

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has slammed the group of seven developed countries, also known as the G7, for backing Ukraine's military actions in the country's eastern parts.

On Thursday, Medvedev accused the G7 of adopting what he called a cynical policy toward Ukraine's military operations in the country's eastern provinces.

The Prime Minster also dismissed the Kiev authorities' statement about the absence of Ukrainian refugees in Russia as 'a lie.'

'About 3,000 people are arriving only in the Rostov Region every day. This is an unprecedented situation,' He said, adding, about 4,000 Ukrainian citizens have asked Russia for a refugee status.

Medvedev's comments came following a statement issued by the G7 leaders which supported Ukraine's operations in the east, especially in Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

The G7 statement also said Kiev was attempting to restore law and order in those regions.

The G7 summit was held on June 4 in Brussels without the presence of Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

Russia was left out of the group following its acceptance of the Crimean Peninsula's request to join the country.

Tensions between Russia and the West heightened after Crimea rejoined the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16.

The US and the European Union accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine. They have already imposed travel bans and asset freezes on dozens of Russian officials and banks.

Russia, however, rejects the accusation, saying the pro-Russia protests in Ukraine began spontaneously in the country against the new government in Kiev.

Pro-Russia protests continue to grip the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, where people voted for independence from Kiev.


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