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Iran cautions against foreign interference in Ukraine
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(125).jpgTEHRAN – Iran on Monday cautioned against any foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian people should decide their own destiny. 
 
Following the recent political developments in Ukraine, 
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham called on the Ukrainian people to keep calm and refrain from violence.
 
“We believe that Ukraine’s fate should be determined by the people’s resolve, harmony between the country’s political forces, and no foreign interference,” she stated. 
 
Afkham added that the Islamic Republic is carefully monitoring developments in the East European country.
 
Ukrainian MPs on Saturday voted to remove Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after months of protest. 
 
The protests in Ukraine first began in late November when Yanukovych rejected an association and trade deal with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.
 
Ukraine has issued a warrant for the arrest of the ousted president, interim interior minister Arsen Avakov has announced.
 
According to Avakov, a criminal case has been opened against Yanukovych and other officials over “mass murder of peaceful citizens”.
 
The health ministry says 88 people, mostly anti-Yanukovych protesters but also police, are now known to have been killed in last week’s clashes. 
 
MT/PA 

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