According to Mendel, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech has contacted her regarding the incident with the journalist. At the same time, the spokeswoman noted that Andrushko himself also contacted her, but he never "spoke of an apology or hinted at any insults there."
“Some kind of manipulation began. Someone started saying absolutely absurd things that I wanted something. I apologize, but when we talk about issues of freedom of speech, we must understand where the discussion ends, and where the bullying begins,” Mendel said.
She emphasized that it would be possible to find a common language and establish contact when "we begin to speak not only about freedom of speech but also about the standards of journalism."
“If I showed any kind of wrong behavior, then it should not cause bullying and harassment of this level,” Mendel stated.
As we reported earlier, the press secretary of the president of Ukraine Yulia Mendel blocked the road and held the hands of the journalist Serhii Andrushko when he tried to put the question to the president the day before.
After the scandal gained momentum in the media and social networks, Mendel explained that she did not push, but stopped the journalist. According to her, the journalist tried to work by invading Zelensky's "personal space", which is also his security zone.