Russia does not like the initiative of Ukraine’s new leadership on possible changes to its non-aligned status. This announcement comes in a release from the Foreign Ministry of Russia. Russian diplomats pointed to a statement from Acting President Turchynov that Ukraine is considering changing its neutral status. Russia also mentioned a bill submitted to Parliament that suggests excluding the non-alignment provisions from Ukrainian legislation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry “reminded” readers that the issue of Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine caused many problems for Yushchenko’s presidency. “This led to a freezing of Russian-Ukrainian political contacts, to the “headache” in relations between NATO and Russia, and perhaps the most dangerous, to a deepening of the split in Ukrainian society,” the Russian diplomats warned. “Kyiv should understand that further prospects for Russian-Ukrainian cooperation, including those in economics sphere, largely depend on the actions taken in terms of Ukraine’s foreign policy,” said the Foreign Ministry.
The original text is on Ukrayinska Pravda at: http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/04/1/7021017/