U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern over protest actions in southeast Ukraine but failed produce proof of Russia's involvement, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.
The report circulated Saturday night says that Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation on Saturday at the initiative of the U.S. side.
"The secretary of state expressed concern over the protest actions in the southeastern regions in Ukraine claiming that they are a result of 'instigation' and almost direct interference on the part of the Russian side. But he failed to support his point with any concrete facts repeating only that Russia 'must pull out its people from the southeast'," the report says.
Lavrov in turn "once again drew Kerry's attention to the fact that the acute political crisis in Ukraine as a whole and in its southeastern regions, in particular, broke out because the incumbent Kiev authorities ignored the lawful needs and interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population."
The head of Russian diplomacy noted that claims about some Russian agents allegedly operating in the southeastern regions of Ukraine were previously expressed by acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsya "who also failed to produce a single fact," the report says.
"If the American side has any concrete evidence to his end, we are ready to consider it," the Foreign Ministry says.
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