15 December 2013, 16:56

Russian lawmaker warns Ukraine about 'Orange Maidan'

Alexei Pushkov, chief of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee

Alexei Pushkov, chief of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee

Alexei Pushkov, chief of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee

An influential Russian lawmaker has warned Ukraine about the European Union’s apparent intention to force an "Orange Maidan" on it in order to topple the nation’s embattled leader Viktor Yanukovych and finally push through the association and trade agreement.

The Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, with the backing – both political and financial – of US-led Western manipulators.

"The European Union has probably decided to pursue a tough policy on Yanukovych and the Ukrainian government," Alexei Pushkov of State Duma’s foreign affairs committee said.

"Up until now, they were torn between two approaches. One side said the EU was not going to change the association agreement and Ukraine was free to sign the deal it had initially been offered. Others, including Poland’s former presidentAlexander Krasnevski, urged to offer Ukraine immediate financial relief worth $20 billion, but they were outnumbered," Pushkov told reporters on Sunday.

The Russian MP said the EU had eventually decided to pressure Ukraine politically into removing President Yanukovych, and the Maidan comeback of the Orange Revolution was to speed up the process.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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