2018-12-20 18:14:00

U.S. support for schism in Ukraine is 'beyond all reason' Putin (updated)

Moscow, December 20, Interfax - Washington's interference in the situation surrounding the Ukrainian church is unacceptable, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

"The fact that the [U.S.] secretary of state called Kiev about this matter, discussed this issue, is beyond all reason, is absolutely unacceptable. Nevertheless, it is happening," Putin said at his annual press conference on Thursday.

"All of this is further proof that this is also being done before the electoral campaign and for the purpose of further dividing the peoples of Ukraine and Russia," he said.

"There are political underpinnings in this," Putin said.