Vladimir Putinto: Mikhail Metzel / RIA Novosti
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov explained the wording of the congratulations to Vladimir Putin on Victory Day to the address of the leaders of the countries of the former Soviet Union and separate of the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine. It is reported RIA Novosti on Tuesday, may 8.
“You know that in Russia are very warm brotherly Ukrainian people. And you know how in Russia relate to those who unleashed a fratricidal and bloody war in the Southeast of Ukraine,” Peskov said in response to a request to clarify the wording of the congratulations, which is addressed to citizens of Ukraine, not the President.
Earlier Tuesday on the Kremlin website has published a congratulatory telegram on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war. “Vladimir Putin congratulated leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and citizens of Georgia and Ukraine”,— stated in the message.
The armed confrontation in the Donbass caused a coup in Ukraine, have been ongoing since April 2014. Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of aggressive intentions and involvement in the fighting in the region. In response, Russia has stressed the lack of evidence and emphasizes that it is not involved in Ukraine’s internal conflict.
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