Russia’s foreign minister is accusing the U.S. of pushing Ukraine to a “confrontational path” with Moscow.
In televised remarks Saturday, Sergey Lavro said the U.S. is encouraging Ukraine to challenge Russia. Lavro’s comments came a day after the European Union decided against immediately imposing new sanctions on Russian for destabilizing eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine on Friday signed a free-trade pact with the EU, the same deal former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych dumped under pressure from Moscow in November, fueling huge protests that eventually drove him from power.
Moscow responded by annexing the mainly Russian-speaking Crimean Peninsula in March, and a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine erupted the month after, leading to the developments that have brought Russia-West relations to their lowest point since the Cold War times.