Russia's reaction to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s initiative to establish Ukrainian Statehood Day is improper and manipulative, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba stated during briefing.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the head of state "restored historical justice in a way," determining that the Day of Ukrainian Statehood will be celebrated on the Day of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine.
"It is an extremely nervous reaction from my colleague Sergey Lavrov, and from Russia in general. This is normal, we should treat it calmly," Kuleba said.
He called Lavrov's comments "inappropriate, historically incorrect."
"It is very sad to see another transformation of diplomacy into propaganda by Russian diplomats," says the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Kuleba believes that Russia's manipulative attitude to history has become commonplace. According to him, Kyiv's answer to this is very simple: Ukraine, unlike Russia, "does not need to privatize anything, because we have been on our land for thousand years, and we remain on it to this day."
"You are the ones coming to someone else's land trying to appropriate it, you are trying to appropriate someone else's history, someone else's dishes, and someone else's culture. Ukraine was, is and will be, and the decree of the President of Ukraine simply fixated this fact. But the fact remains: there are no two Kyivs. There is one Kyiv, and that is the Ukrainian Kyiv, and this is the capital of the Ukraine, which was the capital of Kyivan Rus from the very beginning. This is our history, our past, our present and our future," Kuleba summed up.
As it was reported earlier, the Day of Ukrainian Statehood will be celebrated on the Day of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine, on July 28.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky proposes to make this day a day off.
For his part, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that the idea that Ukrainian statehood was born on the day of the baptism of Kyivan Rus was "incorrect" because "the lands of Rus were baptized then."