Ukrainian Deputies Demand to Recognise Matteo Salvini as Persona Non Grata for Telling the Truth About Maidan

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The statements of the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini devoted to Euromaidan infuriated the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Igor Mosiychuk.

The state coup in Ukraine was a “pseudo-revolution” that was financed from abroad. This was stated to journalists by the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and the Minister of Internal Affairs of the country Matteo Salvini.

He compared the so-called Euromaidan to the referendum in Crimea, following the results of which the peninsula became a part of the Russian Federation.

“Compare it to the fake revolution in Ukraine, which was a pseudo-revolution funded by foreign powers,” stressed the Italian politician in an interview to the Washington Post publication.

Salvini also argued with the journalist, who claimed that the referendum on the Crimean peninsula was allegedly also fake. He noted that there are historically developed zones with Russian culture that lawfully belong to Russia. In addition, more than 90% of Crimeans voted to reunify with the Russian Federation.

Earlier, the Interior Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini met the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Within the framework of dialogue the politicians agreed on the creation of common databases, which will allow to intensify the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

Earlier, he also reported that Rome is interested in cancelling the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the European Union.

“We hope we will be able to convince other governments with democracy and convincing numbers. Vetoes are only a last resort but I am not excluding anything,” stressed the Deputy Prime Minister.

The official European Commission representative Margaritis Schinas refrained from directly assessing the position of the Italian side on this matter.

“No, there won’t be any comments, we don’t comment on comments. We have a well-known approach towards the policy for the Russian Federation, which consists of five points,” stressed Schinas.

Salvini’s statements about Crimea already provoked outrage among a number of Ukrainian politicians. The deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Igor Mosiychuk demanded from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to prepare a note of protest and to recognise the Italian politician as persona non grata.

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At the same time, he for some reason lost sight of the fact that Matteo Salvini is the leader of the “Lega Nord” party and directly defines Rome’s political line.

“The reaction of Ukraine must be rigid! Only countries with a firm and invariable position on defending national interests and national dignity are respected in the world. If we leave such statements unpunished, we will lose our country!” wrote Mosiychuk on Facebook.

Such rhetoric coming from Kiev didn’t surprise commenters from Russia.

“Well, that’s all… You won’t be able to see Ukraine anymore, Matteo, like how you can’t see your ears. You won’t be able to visit the city of sin and passion Zhmerynka-City [a joke; Zhmerynka is a small town in  Vinnytsia – ed] or to roll on the luxurious beach of Rio-de-Zhytomyr [a joke referencing Rio de Janeiro and Zhytomyr – ed],” it was ironically written on social networks.

“The revolution is a change of owner for the means of production, and in Ukraine the same ones remained, so it is indeed a pseudo-revolution,” considers one user.

“The newly elected authorities of Italy have correct thoughts. However, we will see what they do,” added another user.

“The Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini stated that the change of power in Ukraine as a result of Euromaidan was a pseudo-revolution that was paid for from abroad. But we know that it was the spontaneous raising of the people at large against the bloody dictatorship of Yanukovych,” joked a commentator.

“It is only left to specify from where abroad and who specifically, we know about Nuland and $5 billion, but who else?” summarised a user on social networks.

It should be noted that Italy over recent years actively criticised the anti-Russian policy of the EU, which struck a blow on the country’s economy. According to preliminary estimates, Italian companies already lost several billion euros.

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However, Rome switched to active actions after the victory at the last parliamentary elections of the “Five Star” and “Lega Nord” parties, which were able to agree with each other on the formation of a coalition.

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