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Russia’s foreign partners beginning to better see roots of Ukrainian crisis — envoy

February 09, 21:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s envoy to the UN also said he had established working contact with the Ukrainian United Nations envoy, Vladimir Yelchenko, who had previously served as Ukraine’s ambassador to Moscow
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MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. Many of Russia’s partners by now have a clearer picture of the roots of the Ukrainian crisis, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.

"I think that many of our foreign partners now have a better understanding of the roots of the crisis in Ukraine and specifics of the political situation in that country, including influences of neo-Nazi and radical groups," he said.

He said he had drawn attention of his colleague in the United Nations to a recently released French documentary entitled Ukraine: Masks of Revolution.

He also said he had established working contact with the Ukrainian United Nations envoy, Vladimir Yelchenko, who had previously served as Ukraine’s ambassador to Moscow. "It is necessary because in January 2016 Ukraine was granted two-year non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. So far, it is difficult to say how relations between our delegations will develop," the Russian diplomat said.

In his words, Ukraine has narrow choice: "Either they speak on the entire Security Council agenda proceeding from their national interests and vision, or they take the role of a yes-man of our Western opponents and object to Russia’s positions wherever possible." "Regrettably, it looks like they are inclined towards the latter," Churkin noted. "It is for the good of neither the Security Council not Ukraine’s international image.".

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