At his annual news conference on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that while Russia was ready to serve as an interlocutor in resolving the conflict in Ukraine, the country would only intervene if assistance was "requested."
Lavrov also said protests in Kiev were "spinning out of control" and that they were "largely driven from abroad," though he stopped short of offering insight regarding Russia's next move on the matter.
"We are convinced that the internal problems of any country, including Ukraine, should be resolved through dialogue in the constitutional and legal field, without any outside interference," Lavrov said, according to a transcript on the Foreign Ministry's website.
The "outside interference" in question — according to Lavrov — is that of some European governments who "rushed into Euromaidan, participated in anti-government protests in a country with which they have diplomatic relations."
"That is simply inappropriate," Lavrov said.