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Continued: Ukraine PM resigns, parliament overturns harsh anti-protest laws in effort to defuse crisis

  • Article by: JIM HEINTZ , Associated Press
  • Last update: January 28, 2014 - 4:31 PM

"Will we revise our agreements on credits and energy if the opposition comes to power? No we won't," he said.

The Russian leader also sharply criticized the European Union for sending high-level delegations to Ukraine during the anti-government protests, saying that could be interpreted as political interference.

"The more intermediaries there are, the more problems there are," Putin said. "Considering the specifics of relations between Russia and Ukraine, it is simply unacceptable."

In Washington, meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden welcomed progress toward defusing the political crisis and urged Yanukovych to sign the repeal of the anti-protest laws without delay. Speaking by telephone for the third time in less than a week, Biden also encouraged the Ukrainian president to keep working with the opposition.

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