Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
The Ukrainian authorities must rescind their order to use the army and national guard against civilians in the country’s southeast in order to de-escalate the crisis in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “In regard to the de-escalation, I have already said, that the first and obvious step must be changing the order to use the army and National Guard to quash protests. I quoted to you the statement of the NATO defense ministers, who in February of this year demanded that the army not be used in the political process and demanded that the army observed neutrality. That’s the way it was when the legitimate current president was Viktor Yanukovych,” Lavrov said. More