Foreign Ministry: Russia received request signed by Yanukovych on entry of troop
08:07, 17 march 2017
In 2014, Russia received a signed statement from former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych requesting that Russian introduce its troops to settle the political situation in the country, said Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Friday.
She stressed that the statement was not issued in the form of a letter, but noted that Yanukovych himself “never denied that he had signed it.”
Zakharova also confirmed that on March 3, 2014, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin was authorized to show Yanukovych’s statement at a meeting of the Security Council.
On March 16, 2017, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had not received letters from former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych requesting that Russian troops enter Ukraine. However, in 2014, Putin himself said that the Ukrainian president had appealed to him with such a request.
Context: On March 16, 2017, the Kremlin said Vladimir Putin never received a letter from Yanukovych requesting Russian troops. Three years earlier, however, Putin claimed he had received such a request from Ukraine’s former president. The sudden interest in the letter follows treason allegations against Yanukovych, whose case recently went to trial in Kiev. The former Ukrainian president, who now lives in exile in Russia, says he never asked Moscow to send troops to Ukraine.bemildred likes this
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