As expected after Ukrainian President Poroshenko signed the trade treaty with the European Union, Russia now accuses US of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Russia and move towards the EU. Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, made the claim during a televised statement.
Lavrov declared that:
“…our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path.”
The minister believes that it would have been easier for Ukraine to solve the problems it has if the country would have depended just on Europe and Russia.
The statement came right after the European Union summit, which concluded that new sanctions will not be imposed on Russia. However, the same summit also offered an ultimatum to the Russian government and the Ukrainian pro-Russian insurgents to improve the current situation until Monday.
An important statement was made by Lazrov as he acknowledged the fact that Russia has leverage when it comes to the rebels as 4 OSC observers were released because of the country’s interference. However, it was added that the influence Moscow has is currently limited.
In Ukraine there is currently a seize fire agreement between the two parties but it was broken in the past. EU and US issued asset freezes and travel bans on some inner circle members of Vladimir Putin and more sanctions are threatened in the event that Kremlin does not de-escalate the Ukrainian crisis.