"What does incitement of increasingly violent street protests have to do with promoting democracy?" "Why don't we hear condemnations of those who seize and hold government buildings, burn, torch the police, use racist and anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans?"
-Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
"Nowhere is the fight for a democratic, European future more important today than in Ukraine. The United States and EU stand with the people of Ukraine in that fight."
-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
Russia's Foreign Minister on Saturday accused Western governments of supporting violent, anti-democratic extremists in democracy's name.
Recalling Cold War-era competition and upheavals, Ukraine's ongoing political crisis, coming on the heels of Syria's civil/proxy war, is contributing to a further worsening of relations between Russia and the West.
Posturing and propaganda pass for diplomacy; politicians pose as statesmen; catastrophes loom.
Raw Video of Kiev Stalemate
Ukrainian protesters defiant on streets of Kiev by reuters