Ukraine's envoy to Italy slams Italian ambassador to Russia for statement on Crimea
Ukraine's Ambassador to Italy Yevhen Perelygin has slammed Italian Ambassador to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini's statement claiming that the annexation of Crimea was "voting of the country for its independence," saying that such statements damage Ukraine-Italy relations.
"Ragaglini underscored that 'Crimea was not the first country to vote for its independence in Europe,' forgetting that Crimea is not a sovereign state, but part of Ukrainian territory," the Ukrainian ambassador said in his statement on Facebook on Thursday, July 27.
Read alsoUkraine asks Italian court for consul's access to detained Ukrainian guardsmanPerelygin noted that such notorious and contradictory statements by the Italian ambassador are not in line with the position of that country's leadership. "We do not understand how the ambassador can openly speak about the position outside his authority. We remind that Italy was not against Ukraine's deepening of cooperation and integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures," the Ukrainian diplomat said.
According to him, "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must fix this."
Ragaglini was also reported to have criticized the European Union's assistance to Ukraine and opined that EU sanctions against Russia are ineffective.