Ukraine suggests to Russia that Russia makes Ukrainian its second state language

Prime Minister Yatsenyuk stated that Ukraine suggests to Russia to recognize Ukrainian as a second official language on the territory of the Russian Federation.

He mentioned this on the 10th annual investment conference of Dragon Capital in Kyiv, as reported by Interfax.

“Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs made ​​a statement on the matter. The Ukrainian-speaking community is the largest in Russia and is completely natural for Ukrainian to be recognized as a second state language, or at least to carry a special status,” said Yatsenyuk. Continue reading

MFA: Ukraine should be part of Europe’s collective defense

Thursday, March, 27, 2014, 17:43

Security guarantees for Ukraine do not work, so the country is forced to look for other ways of protection, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Danylo Lubkivskiy announced. He made this statement ​​in response to a question about whether Ukraine could promise Russia to remain a non-aligned state.

“Non-aligned status is a decision that should be taken by the Ukrainian nation. But when the safety of the country is put in jeopardy and when guarantors of security do not fulfill their obligations, we will be looking for other ways of protection and defense, and of course, the collective system … Of course, Ukraine should be a part of the collective system of European defense, ” said Lubkivskiy. Continue reading

Russian Foreign Ministry Convinced US cannot Provide Financial Assistance to Ukraine

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Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) believes that the US has no legal grounds to provide assistance to Ukraine, according to the Ministry statement.

The Russian MFA pointed out that the 1961 US law on foreign aid states that the US government cannot “provide financial assistance to the government of any state, the legitimately elected president of which was overthrown in a military coup or by an unlawful decision.”

“Thus, by all criteria, the allocation of funds to the illegitimate regime that seized power in a violent way is illegal and goes beyond the American legal system,” the Russian MFA maintains. Continue reading

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ukraine may seek military assistance from the West

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March 3, 2014

Acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Andrei Deshchytsa, has announced that Ukraine considers Russian actions to constitute aggression and that it intends to seek military assistance from the West if Russian troops begin using their weapons.  

“I maintain the position that any conflict must be resolved peacefully through diplomatic means. That said, if Russia resorts to open aggression through  an overt use of weapons, it will of course be  necessary to seek assistance,”  the Minister said, as reported by Kommersant-Ukraina. Continue reading