Russia clinches last-minute 3-3 draw with Belgium in friendly football match in SochiSport March 28, 21:40
Washington-based National Symphony Orchestra members excited to perform in RussiaSociety & Culture March 28, 21:36
'Gentlefan' continues: 'Angels' greet Belgium football fans ahead of Sochi gameSport March 28, 21:12
Scottish parliament backs new referendum on independenceWorld March 28, 20:42
Russian strategic missile carriers to take part in military drills in TajikistanMilitary & Defense March 28, 20:10
Russia’s offshore energy projects in the ArcticBusiness & Economy March 28, 19:33
US chess chief: No plot to oust current FIDE head, but it ‘would be good for the game’Sport March 28, 18:27
Putin-Rouhani meeting round-upWorld March 28, 18:23
Request for referendum against iconic Petersburg cathedral's transfer to church approvedSociety & Culture March 28, 18:13
MOSCOW, April 18 (Itar-Tass) - TV presenter Ivan Urgant apologized to the Ukrainians on Russia's First Channel for his bad joke during a show, which had caused resentment and indignation in Ukraine. Bringing his apologies on Wednesday evening, Urgant said he had not wished to offend anyone and that the remark had indeed been thoughtless.
The row broke out after Urgant joked during the Smak culinary show that he "chopped greens as a red commissar did the residents of a Ukrainian village." The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry demanded explanations from Russia's First Channel.
"In the first place, I wish to apologize and ask forgiveness of all the Ukrainians and those who hurt by my careless remark in the Smak show. Believe me, I never wanted to hurt anyone by it; simply I said a foolish thing without thinking. I could never have imagined that my poor joke in the humorous show where I never say serious things, could evoke such an acute reaction in Ukraine, a country I love so much," Urgant said.
Earlier, he apologized to Ukraine on Twitter, but the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said it was not a proper apology.