MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday that Ukraine’s leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with “a new revolution [and] new bloodshed.”
Medvedev said that, while Viktor Yanukovych had practically no authority, he remained the legitimate head of state according the constitution, adding: “If he is guilty before Ukraine – hold an impeachment procedure … and try him.””Everything else is lawlessness. The seizure of power,” Medvedev said on his Facebook page. “And that means such order will be extremely unstable. It will end in a new revolution. New bloodshed.”
“Russia is ready to develop multi-faceted, respectful relations with brotherly Ukraine — mutually beneficial and effective relations,” Medvedev said.
“But Ukraine for us is not a group of people who, pouring blood on the Maidan (Kiev’s main square), seized power in violation of the constitution and other state laws.”
“Russia needs a strong and stable Ukraine. A predictable and economically thriving partner,” Medvedev said. “Not a poor relation that’s always standing with a hand held out.”
Full article: Russia’s Medvedev Predicts ‘New Revolution, New Bloodshed’ (NBC)