Ukrainian authorities' legitimacy in doubt - Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he sees no legitimate Ukrainian partners for a dialogue. "Strictly speaking, today there is no one to talk to there. The legitimacy of a whole host of government bodies is raising huge doubts," Medvedev said in Sochi, responding to a question posed by Interfax.
"If people crossing Kyiv in black masks and Kalashnikov rifles are considered a government, it will be difficult for us to work with such a government," the Russian prime minister said.
"If a normal modern power emerges (in Ukraine) based on Ukrainian law and on the constitution, we shall be ready to resume this sort of a relationship," the Russian head of government said.
I doubt the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities, but that is my personal opinion, the prime minister said. "Some of our foreign, Western partners think otherwise, considering them to be legitimate authorities," Medvedev said.
"I do not know which constitution, which laws they were reading, but it seems to me it is an aberration of perception when something that is essentially the result of a mutiny is called legitimate," Medvedev said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also doubts the legitimacy of the steps taken by Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada.
"We are deeply concerned about the legitimacy of the steps taken by the Verkhovna Rada," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
"Citing only 'revolutionary expediency' considerations the Ukrainian parliament is rubber-stamping 'decisions' and 'laws,' including those aiming to infringe on the humanitarian rights of ethnic Russians and other ethnic minorities living in Ukraine," it said.