Russian Embassy In US Suggests Washington Inspired Cultural Center Attack

Russian Embassy In US Suggests Washington Inspired Cultural Center Attack
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Moscow hopes that the United States will cease its support to the Ukrainian nationals as well to the radicals in other Eastern European countries amid the attacks on the Russian cultural center in Kiev, Russian Embassy to the United States said on Monday.

“We expect the US officials to stop the practice of support of barbarian nationalism. Not only in Ukraine, but in other Eastern European countries too. It results, as the developments in Kiev show, in pogroms, escalation of manifestations of xenophobia and extremism,” the embassy said in statement.

In addition, Russian Embassy to the United States suggested the Ukrainian radical groups might have been inspired by Washington’s seizure of Moscow’s diplomatic compounds.

“[The actions of radicals in Ukraine] have been going on for several years. We are still yet to hear a proper assessment and condemnation from the US authorities. It cannot be ruled out that such actions are inspired by the example that Washington is giving — by seizures of the Russian diplomatic compounds,” the embassy said in a statement.

“The US lawmakers will have a great opportunity to address these developments, especially considering that the pogrom was led by their colleague – the Ukrainian lawmaker from the Radical Party Andriy Lozovoy,” the statement read.

On Sunday, the members of a neo-Nazi group, the Organization of Ukrainian nationalists, threw eggs and stones, while also breaking all the windows of the cultural center, which belongs to Russian foreign cooperation agency Rossotrudnichestvo.

The incident takes one day after 30 extremists from various radical organizations broke into the center and demanded the end of its operation in Ukraine. The radicals caused significant material damage and threatened the staff and the guests with physical violence.

However, the Ukrainian police did not interfere with the actions of the extremists and did not detain any of them.

Alexander Lukashevich, Russia’s permanent envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), said Moscow expected the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to react properly to the situation.