Russia slams West for its Ukraine stance, but holds out hope for talks

By Isabel Gorst, March 7, 2014

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman castigated the West on Friday for its stance on Ukraine, but said he hoped a new Cold War could be avoided despite the disagreements.

In an interview on Russian state television, Dmitry Peskov said calls for Russia and the new authorities in Kiev to begin talks using Western countries as mediators were laughable.

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