“Why are there no voices condemning those who seize government buildings, attack the police and adopt racist and anti-Semitic slogans? Why do European leaders actually encourage such actions, when they would quickly move to punish them at home?” Sergei Lavrov said at the annual Munich Security Conference.
“What would be the reaction from the European Union, if members of the Russian government began to openly express support, including personal visits, to rioters in London, Paris or Hamburg?” he added.
In a statement Monday the EU delegation to Ukraine called on the opposition to “dissociate itself clearly from all those who make use of violence in pursuing their aims.”
A number of government buildings, including the Justice Ministry in Kiev, have been temporarily occupied by demonstrators during the protests, which have since spread across central and western parts of the country.
On Friday, Yanukovych signed a bill into law giving amnesty to demonstrators and canceling unpopular anti-protest laws rammed through parliament two weeks ago.