Kremlin says Ukrainian instability threatens Russian interests

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MOSCOW — Russia ratcheted up its anger over the new government in neighboring Ukraine on Monday, questioning the legitimacy of the interim authorities and accusing them of using dictatorial and “sometimes terrorist methods” to usurp power and silence dissent in the country’s Russian-speaking south and east.

The escalating criticism from Moscow, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the Foreign Ministry, provided the strongest signals yet that Russia may not easily accept the political changes wrought by the political convulsions in Ukraine, where President Viktor Yanukovych was deposed over the weekend after the mass killings of protesters last week.

Adding to the tensions, the top Russian and NATO commanders conferred by phone Monday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

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