Kyslytsia Criticizes Jagland for Tweet Questioning Ukrainian Sovereignty
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs was critical of the Secretary General of the European Council
Photo Twitter/Sergiy Kyslytsya
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Serhiy Kyslytsia, was highly critical of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, after he tweeted his congratulations to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his political party, Servant of the People, for the party’s victory in the Parliament elections. In the tweet, Jagland said that the victory “is the way forward to a sovereign Ukrainian state,” implying, rather directly, that Ukraine is not currently sovereign.
“Non-corrupted institutions which people can trust, is the way forward to a sovereign Ukrainian state,” Jagland wrote in the post where he congratulated Zelensky using the transliteration Sluga Narodu for Servant of the Party.
Bravo to President Zelenskiy and his party Sluga Narodu. Election creates new hope for Ukraine. Non-corrupted institutions which people can trust, is the way forward to a sovereign Ukrainian state
— Thorbjørn Jagland (@TJagland) July 22, 2019
“Way forward to a sovereign Ukrainian state?,” Kyslytsia then asked in his own Twitter post.
“Some Ru apprentice at SG’s office just poked fun at his own tendency to utter bloopers because @coe they most certainly know that Ukraine is [a] sovereign state,” Kyslytsia wrote.
On Facebook, Kyslytsia used even stronger words.
“Secretary-General – is not an apprentice, this is the highest rank, hired to oversee the run of the Secretariat of the international organization. Sovereign and independent Ukraine has already been [a] member-state of this organization for more than 20 years, even though Russian employees of the Secretariat guess that Ukraine is ‘half a country’,” he wrote in Ukrainian.