Russians, Ukrainians two separate nations: Kuleba to Putin

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Canan Kevser
01 July 2021, 16:17
Canan Kevser
01 July 2021, 16:17

Ukrainians and Russians are two separate nations, Ukraine's foreign minister said on Wednesday, responding to remarks by the Russian President who said that he considers Russian and Ukrainians as one nation.

Asked at an annual Direct Line TV program as to why Ukraine was not put on the list of states unfriendly to Russia, Putin said he does not think the Ukrainians are unfriendly to Russia and that in his opinion Russians and Ukrainians are one nation.

Kuleba: Putin bears full responsibility for the gap

"Ukrainians and Russians are two different peoples. We could live in the spirit of good neighborliness, but in 2014 Russia attacked Ukraine, killed thousands of people and grabbed a piece of territory. Vladimir Putin, who unleashed the aggression, bears full responsibility for the gap between Ukrainians and Russians," Kuleba wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Ukrainians decide for themselves, not Moscow

As for Putin's saying Ukraine is managed by the US, Kuleba said, "He [Putin] wishes Ukraine issues were decided in Moscow."

The minister said that the position of Ukraine is that no one, except the Ukrainians, will decide their fate.

"When Putin starts the old song about 'external control,' it means only one thing: he dreams that the issues of Ukraine are resolved in Moscow. The position of President Volodymyr Zelensky and the will of the Ukrainian people is clear: this is our country and no one will decide our fate except ourselves," he said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it was difficult to talk about a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, since he completely "gave the country under external control." According to him, "the key issues of the life of Ukraine are resolved not in Kyiv, but in Washington, partly in Berlin and Paris."

Putin also said he was concerned about the "military development" of Ukrainian territory by foreign contingents, which poses a threat to Russia's security.

Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine

Kuleba also said that the indigenous peoples of Ukraine are Crimean Tatars, Krymchaks, Karaites.

"The Russians are a national minority whose rights are protected by the Constitution on an equal basis with others. They cannot be indigenous people, since they have their own state. Alternative inventions are a classic of Russian manipulations," Kuleba said.