MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky sees a direct link between the calls of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko “to cancel the flag of the Russian Federation” and the radicals attack on the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Kiev.
“Of course this outrageous act of vandalism against the Russian flag on the building of Rossotrudnichestvo in Kiev is a direct consequence of the provocations being perpetrated by Poroshenko from the rostrum of the Munich conference,” said Slutsky TASS on Saturday.
He regretted that extremism was elevated to the rank of state policy in Ukraine. “Nationalists are ready not only to burn the flag, but to kill the relationship with Russia. And the current leadership in Kiev is looking at it the other way because it is the radicals and brought him to power,” – said Slutsky.
The head of the Committee believes that international institutions will finally have to pay attention to what is happening and to encourage Ukraine to fulfil its international obligations to protect foreign missions on its territory. “This is not the first case. Kiev needs to understand what the Vienna Convention for them has not been canceled”, – he added. “We hoped that in the foreseeable future, common sense will prevail, and though it caused resentment among the Ukrainian nationalists, two fraternal Slavic people again to be together”, – concluded the head of the Committee.
Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said at the Munich security conference that “the Russian flag should not fly anywhere, as long as Russia continues to incite the world of hybrid warfare and a Russian bullet aimed at our symbols.” 17 February, about 30 members of the nationalist organization C14 (Sich) attacked the building of the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Kiev. As reported TASS the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Kiev, the attack was attended by about 30 representatives of “Right sector” (in the Russian organization is prohibited), as well as members of the nationalist organization C14 (Sich). Radicals posted information about their “shares” in Facebook. According to the video, they painted the walls black and red paint offensive slogans and inscriptions, as well as tore and desecrated the Russian flag.
This is not the first attack of a radical on a mission. In August 2017, they pelted the building with smoke bombs. In July of the same year, about 30 of the radical “Freedom” headed by the Deputy of city Council Igor Miroshnichenko broke into the building and occupied the room on the second floor, where was held the presentation of the book of academician Peter Tolochko “How went the Russian land.” In the end, the event was disrupted. The radicals explained their actions by the fact that Tolochko – supposedly “antiukrainets and the enemy of the Ukrainian state.”