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Article of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine. The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold” published in The Guardian on April 7, 2014

Article of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine. The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold” published in The Guardian on April 7, 2014

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world. Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its