U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stand together for pictures before a meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Russia's foreign minister slammed Western support of Ukraine's opposition, suggesting on Saturday that it is helping fuel the escalation of violence.Ukraine has faced two months of major protests that started after President Viktor Yanukovych backed off an agreement to deepen ties with the European Union in favor of relations with Russia.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to meet with Yatsenyuk and other opposition leaders in Munich on Saturday, and Ukraine's foreign minister was also attending the conference.Kerry said the crisis in Ukraine is about ordinary people fighting for the right to associate with the European Union.Lavrov suggested that a possible solution to tensions such as those over Ukraine was a free trade zone including the European Union and a customs union of former Soviet states, which has been floated in the past by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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