Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has responded to a comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the first anniversary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in office.
"[The] comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the first anniversary of Volodymyr Zelensky assuming the office as President of Ukraine constitutes yet another attempt by Russia to interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs, to impose distorted interpretation of reality, to split up the Ukrainian society and divert attention from its own responsibility under international law for the aggression against Ukraine," the Ukrainian ministry said in a statement on May 21.
"Authors of the above comment accuse Ukraine of pursuing a state policy of Russophobia and exacerbating tensions in relations with Russia. This is one of the telling examples of disinformation. Facts clearly testify that the true cause of ruining cooperation between the two states is the Russian ongoing armed aggression against Ukraine, occupation of Ukrainian territories by Russia and illegal detention of Ukrainian citizens by Russia," the statement said.
The Ukrainian ministry says that the "hostile language of Russian MFA's comment contains no hint of constructiveness and casts doubt on the Russian side's readiness for diplomatic resolution."
"Meanwhile, Ukraine takes a constructive stance in the Normandy format and the Minsk process, and strives for resolving the conflict diplomatically, bringing forward relevant initiatives. The new delegation of Ukraine to the TCG as well as its constructive stance at the latest TCG meeting are among the most recent evidence of such an approach," the statement said.
The Ukrainian ministry expects Russia to change its propaganda rhetoric and move to the constructive cooperation, aimed at ending the occupation of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as well as Crimea.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Ukrainian President Zelensky of the policy of confrontation and escalation of tensions in relations with Russia.