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June 15 (Reuters): Senior Russian parliamentarians today urged Ukraine to sack its foreign minister for calling President Vladimir Putin a “d***head” during a violent protest outside Russia’s embassy in Kiev.

Acting foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia tried to persuade protesters not to use violence at the rally yesterday evening, during which the Russian flag was ripped up, vehicles overturned and stones and eggs thrown at the embassy.

“We must fulfil our international obligations, including defending the right of Russia to have an embassy in Ukraine,” he told the protesters, angered by pro-Russian separatists shooting down a military cargo plane in east Ukraine, killing 49 people.

But challenged by the protesters, he added: “Did I say that I am against you protesting? I am for you protesting. I am ready to be here with you and say ‘Russia, get out of Ukraine’.”

“Yes, Putin is a d***head, yes,” he went on to say and the protesters responded by chanting the phrase.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, in a telephone call with his French counterpart today, “expressed outrage over the inaction of the Kiev authorities who allowed the rioting outside the Russian embassy,” the ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov has protested to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe about the violent rally at the embassy and the United States and the European Union have condemned it.

Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian lower house of Parliament’s international affairs committee, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should dismiss Deshchytsia.

“Poroshenko should change his foreign minister. He doesn’t control himself very well,” Pushkov said on Twitter.

 
 
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