Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the demolition of the monument to friendship between Kiev and Moscow
On September 6, the Kiev authorities dismantled a monument representing friendship between Kiev and Moscow, the capitals of the two fraternal countries. Erected in 2001, the monument was pulled down in keeping with a decision approved by the local City Council.
According to media reports, the monument is currently in the safekeeping of the Holosiivskyi District administration and will later be moved to the “museum of totalitarianism.”
Individual Ukrainian politicians are already making much of this event as a “victory” for Ukraine that should be celebrated. There are also some who have hastened to give up Russian-Ukrainian friendship as a bad job and confine it to oblivion forever. Obviously Kiev believes that ordinary Ukrainians no longer have any other reason for jubilation.
This occurrence is only a matter for regret. It is an example of what President of Russia Vladimir Putin wrote about in his article “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians: “Today, the ‘right’ patriot of Ukraine is only the one who hates Russia. Moreover, the entire Ukrainian statehood <…> is proposed to be further built exclusively on this idea.”
We feel bitter watching how the current Kiev regime is stubbornly forcing hatred for all that is linked with Russia or at least has some relation to it on the population of Ukraine. They are systematically dismantling everything that might serve as a reminder of the two countries’ historical community.
We once again urge the Ukrainian authorities to stop their cynical experimentation with the Russian and Ukrainian peoples. In a chase for the extirpation of one’s historical roots, one may easily inflict irreparable damage on one’s own statehood.