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Russia:  "Artificial" Russia-EU division imposed on Ukrainian people cause of crisis01:25

Russia: "Artificial" Russia-EU division imposed on Ukrainian people cause of crisis

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 27, 2014 at 00:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin said an "artificial" division between Russia and the EU has been imposed on the Ukrainian people in Moscow on Friday, arguing the choice between the two has been forced from the outside. He argued this interference is the root cause of the crisis.

Putin also spoke about Russia's positive role in global affairs, citing the country's role in mediating the Iranian nuclear talks, the Syrian conflict and its position on the Korean peninsula.

Russia:  "Artificial" Russia-EU division imposed on Ukrainian people cause of crisis01:25
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said an "artificial" division between Russia and the EU has been imposed on the Ukrainian people in Moscow on Friday, arguing the choice between the two has been forced from the outside. He argued this interference is the root cause of the crisis.

Putin also spoke about Russia's positive role in global affairs, citing the country's role in mediating the Iranian nuclear talks, the Syrian conflict and its position on the Korean peninsula.