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Translated by Ollie Richardson



It isn’t fashionable in the world to remember Ukraine anymore for political reasons. The Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine Claudio Gugerotti said this in interview for Radio Vatican.

“It is necessary to say that for political reasons remembering Ukraine isn’t fashionable now. After all, Ukraine is a country that worsened relations between the USA and Europe on the one hand, and Russia on the another. To speak about Ukraine today is like speaking about our own failures,” the Nuncio noted.

In his opinion, the silence of the West in this regard isn’t spontaneous. Ukraine, which earlier quite obviously was in the sphere of the Russian Federation, decided, including “under undoubted pressure from the West”, to turn towards Europe and the USA.

“There was a Maidan, there was the actual separation from Russia with all the economic consequences that can arise when someone quarrels or opposes with another who is their main supporter. But at the same time, for various reasons, the West didn’t take the place of Russia. It doesn’t think about improving the living conditions of the local population. Thus, Ukraine lost on all fronts,” Gugerotti considers.

He reminded that since Maidan, the consumer ability of Ukrainians decreased, and the average salary fell four times. Thus, the Papal diplomat emphasized that the problem of war is added to an increase in the general poverty in Ukraine. “If it doesn’t change, we are facing a war between poor people,” the Nuncio summarized.

As a reminder, the archbishop Gugerotti was appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine on November 13th, 2015.

As was reported by, the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko considers that the representatives of the Vatican could join the negotiation process to release illegally detained Ukrainians.

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