Zakharova slams Obama’s hypocrisy: “Maybe he should apologize to Yanukovych now?”

Maria Zakharova, official spokesperson for the RF Foreign Ministry
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December 15, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti – translated by J. Arnoldski –

The official spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Maria Zakharova, has commented on US President Barack Obama’s words on the inadmissibility of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries by proposing that Obama apologize to ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

In a recent interview to NPR, departing President Obama stressed the necessity of “taking action when the government of any foreign country tries to influence the objectivity of elections,” having in mind the hacking attacks on the Democratic Party alleged to have been organized by Russia.

On her Facebook page, Zakharova quoted Obama and remarked: “Maybe he should apologize to Yanukovych now?”

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In a Moscow court this week, ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov called the US the “curators” of the February 2014 coup in Kiev which resulted in the ousting of President Yanukovych. Azarov recalled the telephone conversation between Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the American Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, the recording of which was leaked on the internet. In this leaked conversation, the two American officials openly discussed the personal composition of a future Ukrainian government, criticizing some candidates and endorsing others.

In mid-February 2014, the Russian foreign ministry noted that the US was hiding behind appeals to not interfere in the free choice of the Ukrainian people, but was in deeds trying to impose a “Western orientation” on Ukraine’s development as the “only correct one” and dictating to the authorities of the sovereign country what they should do and how. 

In September of this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov once again accused the West of double standards in its approach to coups in different countries. He cited the situations in Turkey and Ukraine as examples. According to Lavrov, the US “invented the Russian threat” in the case of Ukraine to strengthen its influence in Europe. 

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Speaking of the putsch suppressed by Turkish authorities on July 15th-16th, Lavrov emphasized: “The double standards are obvious. What is now being said about the coup d’etat attempt in Turkey never would have entered the heads or come from the tongues of our Western partners about Ukraine – coups are unacceptable.” 

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