Putin says Ukraine Risks Abyss, Dialogue only Solution - The New Indian Express

Putin says Ukraine Risks Abyss, Dialogue only Solution

Published: 17th April 2014 03:31 PM

Last Updated: 17th April 2014 03:32 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis.

"Only through dialogue, through democratic procedures and not with the use of armed forces, tanks and planes can order be imposed in the country," Putin said at the start of a major nationwide phone-in broadcast on Russian television.            

He accused the authorities who took over after the fall of president Viktor Yanukovych of driving the country "to the abyss".       

He also said it was "nonsense" to claim Russian forces were operating in the east of Ukraine, saying those involved in protest actions were "all local citizens.” 

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