Ukraine embassy considers UK's reaction insufficient over putting Ukrainian trident in Extremism Guide

12:40, 21 January 2020
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The Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland says a comment by the British government regarding the appearance of the Ukrainian National Coat of Arms Tryzub (Trident) in the UK Police Counter Terrorism Policing Guide is an insufficient response.

"And yet, no clear answer to a simple question: whether the Trident Tryzub, constitutional national symbol and Coat of Arms of Ukraine, will be removed from the Extremism Guide. Seeking more clarification from the British side," the Embassy wrote on Twitter on January 20, 2020.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom had expressed outrage over the fact that the Ukrainian National Coat of Arms had been put onto the Counter Terrorism Policing Guide.

The Guide, which was prepared by British law enforcers, was published by The Guardian on January 17.

It also features the Ukrainian Azov Regiment's insignia.

Journalists drew attention to the fact that the document includes not only the insignia of leftist and rightist movements, but also those of environmental organizations (in particular, Greenpeace) and animal protection movements.

On January 20, the government of the United Kingdom commented on the fact that the official Coat of Arms of Ukraine, Tryzub (Trident), was included in the British Extremism Guide.

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"We are aware of and regretful about the insult caused by the appearance of the Ukrainian Tryzub in the British police's guide. As stated by the police, this document clearly indicates that many of the symbols it contains are of no interest in the fight against terrorism," the document says.

It says that the British authorities deeply respect the official symbols of Ukrainian statehood, in particular the State Flag, Coat of Arms and Anthem of Ukraine.

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