September 4, 2014 / 12:03 PM / 3 years ago

Russia says U.S. backs "party of war" in Kiev

MOSCOW, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Moscow accused Washington on Thursday of backing what it called the "party of war" in Kiev and said it was counting on a response from the leadership in Ukraine and rebels in its east to a Kremlin ceasefire plan.

"The surge in anti-Russian rhetoric that we have seen exactly when there is a very active effort to seek a political solution shows that the party of war in Kiev has active external support, in this case from the United States," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference.

In contrast, he said, Russia was "doing and will do" everything in its power to secure peace in eastern Ukraine. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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