US intentionally drove Ukraine to regime change – Russia’s envoy to UN

Voice of Russia — April 22, 2014

The US who invested $5 billion in “supporting democracy” in Ukraine was seeking for a more radical settlement of the Ukrainian crisis than the EU, which resulted in a regime change in the country, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said in an interview with “Rossiya 24″ TV channel Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports.

“I think that it is Americans who tried to conduct the most radical scenario. A compromise between [Ukraine's President] Yanukovych and the opposition didn’t suit them, so, it seems to me, they made a conclusion that it’s time to compensate those $5 billion and to drive the situation to a regime change, that’s what happened,” the diplomat said.

If Washington indeed spent $5 billion to support democracy in Ukraine, as noted by US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, rather than a regime change than this plan has failed as no democracy triumphed in the country, Churkin said.

“It’s obvious that the US has put up much effort into this situation and, in my opinion, took a more radical stance than European countries,” he concluded.

In February, the Ukrainian parliament backed by far-right movements ousted Viktor Yanukovych and scheduled an early presidential elections for May 25. Moscow has described the uprising in Kiev as an illegitimate fascist coup and a military seizure of power, which resulted in it taking steps to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine, including the reunification with Crimea.

Russian permanent envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin doubts that the agreements on the crisis in Ukraine concluded recently at a Geneva meeting would be implemented anytime soon. “Surely, it would be naive to expect that all this would happen quickly,” Churkin said in an interview on Rossiya-24 news television channel.

Russian Foreign Minister “Sergei Lavrov’s talks with [US Secretary of State] John Kerry were not in vain, and the Americans are perceiving the incentives coming from Moscow and understand that, in order to prevent the crisis from deepening, some sensible steps should be taken,” he said.

In particular, Churkin mentioned the need to confiscate 3 million firearms that are in the wrong hands in Ukraine now. “The weapons are in the hands of radical nationalists. If we talk about the disarmament of supporters of federalization and decentralization in eastern Ukraine, then will these radicals who have sometimes been declared the National Guard and so granted official status will be disarmed as well?” he said.

Another question is “what the current Ukrainian authorities have in the pipeline regarding a constitutional reform,” he said.

A UN peacekeeping operation in Ukraine is unreal, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said. “I think that this is completely unreal. The UN and peacekeeping operations are unreal,” Churkin said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 (Russia 24) TV channel.

“The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) presence is quite enough,” he said. “It is important that they realize in Kyiv that it is necessary to implement the Geneva documents and they take real steps to disarm the Right Sector and real steps regarding constitutional reform, then the situation should de-escalate by itself and no peacekeepers will be needed,” Churkin said.

“For now, the UN has not been very successful in Ukraine. It got involved with its human rights structures and started to write reports on the state of human rights in Ukraine and imposed the situation in Crimea in this report, while the political status of Crimea has changed,” Churkin said.

“We will have to work with them to explain the situation better,” he said. “It seems to me that it is important that people hear that such an organization exists and so that they may address their concerns to this structure, so that the next report they [the UN mission] are to present in May is more objective,” Churkin said.

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