Ukrainian diplomat to Putin: Moscow was once subordinate to Kyiv
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemns Russia’s encroachment, in any form, on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including in the form of an allegedly historical narrative of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar said this in Ukraine’s parliament on Friday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
“We unequivocally condemn any attempt by the Russian Federation to encroach on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. A statement [on this issue] will be made today,” Bodnar said.
He said that “no narrative of Putin, none of his fabrications” will work.
“Moreover, let’s turn to history – who belonged to whom. Once upon a time, Moscow was subordinate to Kyiv. So let’s talk about the roots, not the consequences,” the diplomat said.
Putin said during an annual press conference on December 19 that part of Ukraine is Russian territory and that Russia has to grapple with this now. According to him, “all this is the legacy of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s state building.”
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