"Counter-productive" resolution will make it more difficult to assist Ukraine crisis settlement - Russian Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the UN General Assembly's resolution concerning Ukraine as "counter-productive" and has said that the large number of UN General Assembly member countries that abstained or were not present during the vote altogether indicates that they refuse to accept this one-sided interpretation of the Ukrainian events.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the UN General Assembly's resolution concerning Ukraine as "counter-productive" and has said that the large number of UN General Assembly member countries that abstained or were not present during the vote altogether indicates that they refuse to accept this one-sided interpretation of the Ukrainian events.

"This counter-productive initiative with the General Assembly resolution will only serve to complicate efforts to help settle the internal political crisis in Ukraine," the Foreign Ministry said on its website.

"The wide range of the positions voiced by UN member states, many of which abstained during the vote or were not present there altogether, vividly demonstrates their refusal to accept this one-sided interpretation of the current events in Ukraine," it said.

"It is also known that pressure, amounting to political blackmail and economic threats, was shamelessly exerted on a whole number of member states in order to make them vote in favor [of the resolution]," the ministry said.

"We can only regret the fact that the persistence demonstrated by the authorities in Kiev and foreign "lawyers" representing their interests as they seek to distort the essence of the alarming processes in Ukraine was not put to better use," it said.

"They are making the most of the entire unspent potential of the Cold War-era propaganda machine in order to obscure the existence of the deepest internal political crisis in Ukraine and impose responsibility for the escalation of tensions there on the Russian Federation," the ministry said.

"The results of this blatant interference by a number of Western countries in Ukraine's affairs are obvious: the anti-constitutional change of power in Kiev, the collapse of the state government system, including at the regional and local levels, the incompetence of law enforcement authorities, the anarchy of extremist and fascist elements, mass violations of human rights, threats to the security of national and language minorities, and the further exacerbation of the socioeconomic situation," it said.

Moscow calls on international community members that think constructively and independently to center their efforts on actually contributing to stabilization efforts in Ukraine and demonstrate their respect for the Crimea referendum results.

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