Lavrov accuses Ukraine’s new leaders of threatening minorities

Russian Foreign Minister accused Ukraine's new leaders of attacking the rights of minority groups and said ultra-nationalists control areas of the country. (File photo: Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused Ukraine's new leaders of attacking minority rights and said that ultra-nationalists control many areas of the ex-Soviet country.

"The victors intend to make use of the fruits of their victory to attack human rights and fundamental freedoms... of minorities," Lavrov told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"The radicals continue to control the cities" and "limit the rights of linguistic minorities."

"Violence of ultra-nationalists threatens the lives and the regional interests of Russians and the Russian speaking population," he said.

"This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots and ensuring human rights and the right to life."

The Russian foreign minister also slammed warnings of sanctions and boycotts, as Britain and the US spoke of "consequences and costs" if the Kremlin did not pull back its troops.

"Those who try to interpret the situation as a type of aggression and threaten sanctions and boycotts, are the same who consistently have encouraged (Ukrainians to) refuse dialogue and have ultimately polarized Ukrainian society," he told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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