Yatsenyuk says in Feb 2014 he twice spoke over phone with Medvedev upon initiative of Russian side
Ex-premier of Ukraine, leader of the People's Front party, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has said that in February 2014 he had two talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the initiative of the Russian side; in his opinion, these conversations indicate that Russia then recognized the legitimacy of the change of power in Ukraine and the new government.
"I had two talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, during which I told him that Russia should return its troops to the places of permanent deployment, stop violating international law, and if there are any questions about our bilateral relations, we are ready to discuss," he said, giving testimony in the Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv on the case of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
Yatsenyuk said that these conversations were held on the initiative of the Russian side, while calling these phone calls "strange", because Medvedev wanted to discuss issues relating to economic relations between the two countries, although already at that time, as the former Ukrainian PM noted, Russia carried out aggression in Crimea.
He believes that by these calls Russia leveled its statements about the unconstitutional change of power in Ukraine in February 2014, and recognized the new Ukrainian government, which was headed by Yatsenyuk then.