U.S. directs actions of Kiev authorities - Lavrov

The U.S. authorities have a direct impact on the actions of the current Kiev authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The U.S. authorities have a direct impact on the actions of the current Kiev authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"Yes, they have announced the suspension of what they call a counterterrorism operation but now, when [U.S. Vice President] Joe Biden visited Kiev, it was announced immediately that this operation has been transferred to the active phase again. So it is clear that they have chosen the moment of the U.S. vice president's visit to announce the resumption of this operation because this operation was started right after the visit of [CIA Director] Joe Brennan to Kiev," Lavrov said in an interview with the RT TV channel.

"So I have no grounds not to think that Americans direct this show in the most hands-on manner," the minister said.

The U.S. has a significant impact "not on the country but on the regime, which took power in Kiev," Lavrov said. "They have an excessive influence. They act much more openly and without any remorse, if one compares them with Europeans, who act more covertly," he said.

Many reports have appeared regarding the role of the CIA in the situation analysis, the role of the U.S. embassy during the Maidan events and that an entire floor in the Ukrainian Security Service building was given to U.S. security officials, the minister said. All these reports have not been contested, he said.

"When you receive daily calls from [U.S. Secretary of State] John Kerry, who is saying what you should do, and when you realize, how far the U.S. is from Ukraine and how much they are agitated, it appears that indeed they direct this process to a large extent," Lavrov said.

Kiev has not implemented the agreements reached in Geneva during the four party talks between Russia, the European Union, U.S. and Ukraine, Lavrov said. "They have done nothing of what was agreed upon in Geneva and what the Kiev authorities should have started to implement," he said.

According to the agreements, Ukraine has submitted a bill on amnesty, Lavrov said. "But as far as we understand, this bill will not concern political prisoners," the minister said.

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