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Ukraine can have good-neighborly relations with Russia: MFA names condition

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Ukrainian chief diplomat, unfortunately, Russia refuses to acknowledge this reality and this is why in 2014 it launched its aggression against Ukraine
08:36, 24 October 2021

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba believes that Ukraine can again build good neighborly relations with Russia, but on one condition. This was discussed in Kuleba's interview to the director of the Polish Institute of International Relations (PISM) Sławomir Dębski. 

"I am convinced that we could have had good neighbourly relations with Russia. However, for this to be possible, the Russians would need to come to terms with reality and to accept the fact that Russians and Ukrainians are two separate, free nations living in their sovereign states; that they decide on their fate independently and freely choose their development models and alliances," he said.

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According to him, unfortunately, Russia refuses to acknowledge this reality and this is why in 2014 it launched its aggression against Ukraine. This resulted in thousands of fatalities on the Ukrainian side and in parts of Ukrainian territory being occupied by Russia. In this way, Russia destroyed the prospects for good neighbourly relations between Russians and Ukrainians.

Kuleba stressed that Putin’s claim that Ukrainians and Russians are “one nation” does not correspond to reality and is nothing more than the Kremlin’s imperial delusion.

"You are right saying that this is a nationalist concept dating back to the 19th century. In fact, what the phrase “one nation” really means is that there is one Russian nation and all other nations are doomed to assimilate into it," he added.

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