"Once, Moscow was subordinated to Kyiv": Ukraine replied to Putin's territorial claims on Black Sea coast

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar reacted to the Russian leader's statement, as Putin said that this area was a "genuinely Russian territory"
13:30, 20 December 2019

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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry blames Russia's attempts to harm Ukraine's territorial integrity. Vasyl Bodnar, the Deputy Foreign Minister said so during the question hour on December 20.

Iryna Gerashchenko, the co-Chairman of European Solidarity party faction in the Parliament turned to the official.

"Yesterday (December 20), President of the aggressor state Vladimir Putin made statements that are considered interference in Ukraine's sovereignty and our territorial integrity when he said something about fancy "genuinely Russian lands". As European solidarity, we are extremely surprised that the Foreign Ministry still has not reacted to this yet", she said. 

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Bodnar replied to the claim made by Putin, saying that the Ministry definitely blames all Russia's attempts to entrench upon Ukraine's territorial integrity. "We definitely condemn this, and none of Putin's narratives or fiction will work for us. Moreover, let's turn to history. Who belonged where? Once, Moscow was subordinated to Kyiv, so let's talk the origins, not the consequences", Bodnar said.

Previously, Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the Black Sea coast a "genuinely Russian territory", which needs to be dealt with.

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