MOSCOW, 8 March – RIA Novosti. Russian politicians and diplomats responded to the call of the ex-Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valery Chaly to prepare for a break in relations between Moscow and Kiev. Read more in the material of RIA Novosti.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova critically assessed the words of the Ukrainian diplomat.
“Such statements testify to the desire to find a justification for the war unleashed by the Kiev regime against its own people,” RBC quotes her.
In turn, Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, stressed that relations are always easy to break, but it will not be easy to rebuild them.
“This is shown by the example of Georgia, they easily went to break, but for 12 years they have not been able to restore them, although they have tried more than once,” he told RBC.
The senator added that in the event of a break in diplomatic relations, Kiev will have problems with consular support for Ukrainians living in Russia. In addition, there will be difficulties with the supply of Russian gas to Ukraine and the maintenance of nuclear power plants.
The head of the working group on international legal issues at the permanent representation of the Crimea under the President of Russia, Alexander Molokhov, called Chaly's statement “the way to nowhere.”
“The X-hour is now coming in Kiev, and various madmen have taken the offensive in the vain hope of cutting the umbilical cord still connecting Ukraine with Russia with blunt scissors,” Molokhov told RIA Novosti.
He added that in the current situation, it remains only to believe in the common sense of ordinary people.
Relations between Russia and Ukraine have deteriorated amid civil conflict in Donbass. The Kiev authorities have repeatedly accused Moscow of interfering in the country's internal affairs, and in January 2015 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in which it called Russia an “aggressor.”
Moscow denies the accusations of the Ukrainian side and emphasizes that it is not involved in the internal political conflict in the neighboring country. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is interested in overcoming the political and economic crisis in Ukraine.