BELGRADE, November 17. /TASS/. The envoys of the UK, Canada and Poland should act within their mandates instead of trying to lecture Moscow, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said on Thursday, commenting on an op-ed by the three diplomats published in the local media.
"No one gave the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Canada and Poland the right to lecture the Russian people. I repeat: you’d better return to reality and do things based on your mandate instead of exposing yourself to ridicule. The article actually makes it clear that its authors simply don’t know and have no interest in facts and don’t bother to search for specific information, particularly about the training and equipment of Russian troops," the Russian envoy said, as cited in the embassy’s statement.
"I would recommend the ambassadors shift their attention to their countries’ relations with Belgrade. First of all, they should find the wisdom and confidence to take an honest look at the double-dealing and inflammatory policy that their countries pursue in terms of Kosovo," Botsan-Kharchenko stressed. "For some reason, the authors failed to recall the 1999 bombing of Serbia, which took place on Victory Day, May 9, and the so-called Europe Day, May 8," he added.
Canadian Ambassador Giles Norman, Polish Ambassador Rafal Perl and British Ambassador Sian Macleod in their article called on all who care about the future of not only the Ukrainian but also of the Russian people to do everything to make the Kremlin change its course.