Feb. 24 - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev voices doubts over the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Demonstrators pay their respects to the fallen in Ukraine. The future is still a work in progress. With an arrest warrant issued, ousted President Viktor Yanukovich is on the run, and parliament named its new speaker as head of state. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's questions the legitimacy of a new government. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER DMITRY MEDVEDEV, SAYING: "Strictly speaking, there is no one to talk to there. The government doesn't exist. There are big doubts about the legitimacy of a whole series of organs of power that are now functioning there." Russia recalled its ambassador from Kiev for consultations on Sunday. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER DMITRY MEDVEDEV, SAYING: "Some of our foreign partners, our Western partners think differently, that those are legitimate bodies. I don't know what constitution and what laws they have been reading. It seems to me it is an aberration to call 'legitimate' what is essentially the result of an armed mutiny." The violence in Ukraine erupted last November when Yanukovich shunned a European trade agreement in favor of closer ties with Russia.