A couple stands on Independence square in Kiev, on February 14, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU)
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday rebuked the European Union for trying to extend its "sphere of influence" amid deteriorating relations over the political crisis in Kiev.Ukraine, an ex-Soviet nation of 46 million people, has been in chaos since November when President Viktor Yanukovych ditched a planned EU trade and political pact in favor of closer ties with Moscow, stunning pro-EU parts of the population and sparking violent protests.In a lengthy newspaper article published Thursday Lavrov warned that Russia's relations with Europe were facing a "moment of truth" over the situation in Ukraine.
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