In an open letter to the Ukranian president, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev announced that he would not be sending a new ambassador to Kiev, accusing the current Ukrainian leadership of undermining good relations between the two countries. Medvedev expressed the hope that a new leadership would emerge that would be more amenable to Russia.
A few days ago, I sent a letter to the President of Ukraine. It was not an ordinary document, I should say, as it contained a number of complex and unflattering characteristics of the actions by the top political leadership of Ukraine.
The strain in relations between our countries has hit unprecedented levels.
The leadership in Kiev took an openly anti-Russian stand following the military attack launched by the Saakashvili regime against South Ossetia. Ukrainian weapons were used to kill civilians and Russian peacekeepers.
Russia continues to experience problems caused by a policy aimed at obstructing the operations of its Black Sea Fleet, and this on a daily basis and in violation of the basic agreements between our countries.
The Ukrainian leadership’s outwardly smooth-flowing rhetoric fits ill with the overt distortion of complex and difficult episodes in our common history, the tragic events of the great famine in the Soviet Union, and an interpretation of the Great Patriotic War as a confrontation between two totalitarian systems.
In the current situation, I have made a decision to refrain from sending the Russian ambassador to Ukraine. The new ambassador will commence his duties at a later stage, and naming the exact date for this will depend on positive dynamics in our bilateral relations.
I hope that the new leadership of Ukraine will be ready to build relations between our countries that correspond to the genuine aspirations of our peoples and help strengthen European security.