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Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup

Updated: 2014-02-08 07:23
By Alastair Macdonald in Kiev, Ukraine ( China Daily)

Washington officials don't challenge authenticity of leaked phone recording

An East-West struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of US diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to open the Winter Olympics at Sochi, the first Games in Russia since the then Soviet Union hosted the 1980 summer edition, the showdown over Ukraine produced chilly Cold War rhetoric, with a Kremlin aide warning Moscow might act to block US "interference" in Kiev.

Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup