3. Russia condemns new sanctions from the West
The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the United States and European Union for their fresh sanctions against Russia in regard to the Ukrainian crisis.
A new set of sanctions announced by the EU on Tuesday curtails Russia's access to sensitive technology in the oil sector.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry called the sanctions thoughtless and irresponsible, and that the European energy market will without doubt see a rise in prices. It says the EU is obsessed with sanctions and has created barriers to further cooperation with Russia in the key energy industry.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Western nations were responsible for instability in eastern Ukraine.
He said the lives and liberty of the several million residents of eastern Ukraine are being threatened under the influence of the US and Europe.