Christopher Jon Bjerknes
As I indicated in a previous post, Putin only had a problem with the revolution when it proved to be nationalistic, as opposed to a move into the EU. The BBC quotes Lavrov as follows:
"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: 'We want Ukraine to be part of the European family in every sense of the word'
'It is dangerous and counter-productive to try to force on Ukraine a choice according to the principle of either being with us or against us,' he said.
Mr Lavrov added that 'it is in our interest for Ukraine to be part of the broad European family' but against Russia's interest to 'allow the radicals and nationalists who are clearly trying to take centre stage to prevail.'"--25 February 2014 Turchynov warns of 'separatism' risk
A bolshevist to the core, Putin opposes nationalistic "reactionaries".