Russia recalls ambassador to Kiev for 'consultations'

MOSCOW: Russia is calling its ambassador to Ukraine back to Moscow for "consultations", the foreign ministry said Sunday, after tumult in Kiev led to pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych being toppled and replaced with a pro-EU leadership from the opposition.

"Due to the escalation of the situation in Ukraine and the necessity of analysing the existing situation from all sides, a decision has been made to recall the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine (Mikhail) Zurabov to Moscow for consultations," the foreign ministry said in a statement late Sunday.