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Russia's FM source: Susan Rice had better advise US, not Russia

Russia has declared that the US president's national security adviser, Susan Rice, would better counsel the White House, not Russia, a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Itar-Tass on Monday in a comment on Rice's statement that Russia's intervention in Ukraine "would be a grave mistake".

"We have brought to notice Susan Rice's expert estimates based on repeated introduction of US forces in different parts of the world, especially where, according to the US administration, values of Western democracy are endangered or where the incumbents get out of hand too obviously," said the source.

"We hope it is such advice on the wrongs of using force that the current national security adviser will give the US authorities if they decide on another intervention."

Asked on broadcaster NBC on Sunday whether the US was concerned that Russia may bring its troops to Ukraine, Rice said "it's not in the interest of Ukraine or of Russia or of Europe or of the United States to see a country split. It's in nobody's interests to see violence return and the situation escalate.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 24Feb14]

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