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Rival warnings echo growing US-Russia gulf over Ukraine

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By Euronews
Rival warnings echo growing US-Russia gulf over Ukraine

<p>The war of words between Moscow and the West over Ukraine has continued this weekend.</p> <p>On Saturday US Vice-President Joe Biden warned Russia not to use its energy resources as a political weapon.</p> <p>“I have no doubt Russia will and should remain a major source of energy supply for Europe and the world,” he told an energy summit in Turkey.</p> <p>Russia and Ukraine reached a temporary pricing deal last month after Moscow cut gas supplies to its neighbour.</p> <p>On a visit to Kyiv on Friday, Biden accused Russia of a “flagrant violation” of international law, and urged Moscow to pull soldiers out of eastern Ukraine.</p> <p>On Saturday Russia’s foreign minister hit back, accusing the West of using sanctions to <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/11/22/further-gunfire-but-also-war-of-words-over-crisis-in-ukraine/">seek a change of regime in Moscow</a>, not just a change of policy.</p> <p>Sergei Lavrov said Western countries had flouted their own principles about democratic changes of power by supporting extremists, and using coercive methods.</p> <p>He cited calls for sanctions aimed at destroying the economy and inciting protests.</p> <p>As pro-Russian separatists continue battling forces loyal to Kyiv in eastern Ukraine, Moscow’s stance seems to be hardening.</p> <p>It denies arming rebels or sending soldiers into Ukraine.</p> <p>But vast convoys have been seen moving through separatist territory.</p> <p><span class="caps">NATO</span> accuses Moscow of pouring troops and military hardware across the border.</p>