Russia accuses EU of "faulty logic"

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Russia accuses EU of "faulty logic"

MOSCOW -- Russia has criticized the EU for expanding its sanctions against Moscow and urged it to respect the results of referendums held in two Ukrainian regions.

"By continuing its faulty, anti-Russian sanctions logic, the European Union undermines trust in itself as a partner and casts doubt on its claim to an objective role in supporting a resolution of Ukraine's internal conflict," the ministry said, according to Reuters.

After the decisions by the EU foreign ministers about Ukraine, Russia announced that they were extremely confusing, because the European Union is persistently repeating lengthy press releases which do not correspond with the current situation in the country, reported Itar-Tass.

"It's time for Brussels to stop seeing the substantial part of the Ukrainian people who do not accept the Kiev authorities as 'Russian separatists' and understand that it will be impossible to resolve the conflict without acknowledging its internal nature," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry stressed that the EU should respect the results of the referendums held in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and assist in initiating dialogue between Kiev and the regions.

"The EU should not forget that since the beginning of May a few things happened that caused the loss of life, when the self-proclaimed Ukrainian authorities have used ultra-radical armed groups, weapons and heavy weapons as part of a counter-terrorist operation against a peaceful population," said the statement.

The ministry asks "how such moves can be referred to as a moderate approach, and even encouraged, welcoming at the same time the alleged calls of Kiev for national...

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