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Uneasy OSCE meeting held amid Kyiv protests

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Amid high tension in Kyiv, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has joined a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) being held there.

Mass demonstrations are taking place in the Ukrainian capital sparked by the government’s decision to suspend a long-planned EU trade pact and refocus on economic ties with Russia. After a violent crackdown by riot police last weekend, anger at the authorities has grown and the protests have swelled.

With the host city in the midst of a crisis that some see as a battle between East and West, there are strains among the OSCE delegates as well.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland have both expressed support for the demonstrators.

Russia’s Lavrov has said that other nations should not interfere in Ukraine’s political turmoil.

The OSCE says it supports an investigation into the police’s use of force on protesters which left hundreds injured, among them dozens of journalists.