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Foreign Ministry to invite Counsellor-Minister of Russian Embassy in view of developments happened in Ukrainian cultural center in Moscow during Holodomor 1932-1933 exhibition
20.11.2007 | 19:56
Ukrinform

A Counsellor-Minister of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine will be invited to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine in view of a riot in Moscow during an exhibition devoted to the memory of victims of Holodomor (Famine) 1932-1933 in Ukraine, and in connection with response of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the note of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to the effect. This was disclosed by Deputy Foreign Ministry Volodymyr Ohryzko. According to him, "statements of the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department do not correspond to reality manifestly and conflict with elementary historical knowledge".

For his part, press secretary Andriy Dedyshcha of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry considers the statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as tactless response on the November 17 statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in view of the developments occurred in Moscow at the Ukrainian Cultural Center during the exhibition devoted to the memory of victims of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine.

According to him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will not send another note to Moscow. In Ukraine, the Holodomor was declared as act of genocide, while Russian diplomats should study up history, Dedyshcha advised.

The Foreign Ministry expressed a categorical protest against the actions of the Eurasian Union of Youth representatives who on November 17 had desecrated the exhibition dedicated to victims of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine staged at the Cultural Center of Ukraine in Moscow.

The Ministry regarded these actions as unlawful, provocative, and anti-Ukrainian and had sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation demanding a speedy completion of the investigation and bringing the culprits to justice.

For its part, on November 19, the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department disseminated a commentary indicating that "the topic of 30s in the USSR, victims of which were people of many nationalities, including Ukrainians, Russians, Kazakhs, and other nations of the USSR, has increasingly become subject to speculations on the part of some political circles in Ukraine".

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, "declaration of tragic events of that time as act of genocide of the Ukrainian nation is unilateral misinterpretation of history in favour of modern conformist political-and-ideological principles".

 

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