Dublin, 12 July 2022 (TDI): The Russian Ambassador to Ireland, Yuriy Filatov, made remarks regarding the crisis in Ukraine.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, the Prime Minister of Ireland, has come under criticism from the Russian Ambassador over a recent trip to Ukraine.

According to Yuriy Filatov, it was an effort to hide what he called the West’s “crucial involvement” in the conflict in Ukraine.

Ambassador Filatov criticized Martin for seeking to “assume high moral ground, depicting Ukraine as the victim of an unjustified and perfidious attack from its neighbor,” along with other western politicians and media.

In addition, he added that such acts have been aggressively employed, to try and hide the West’s major role in the emergence of the crisis and, eventually, the current military war in Ukraine. This includes Ireland, too.

Russian Ambassador further said that the response to the war by Ireland and the EU was neither moral nor responsible. He continued that, the Russian government has no choice but to end Donbas’s suffering and protect Russia’s national security.

He highlighted that “the West has refused to genuinely support a peaceful political settlement in Eastern Ukraine, along with deliberative ignorance by the US, EU, and NATO of Russia’s proposals on security guarantees in Europe.”

Prime Minister of Ireland’s visit to Kyiv

Prime Minister Martin recently traveled to Ukraine. After visiting a museum that included images of children murdered in the war, he spoke about the impression his trip to Ukraine had made on him.

Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, and Martin met during this visit. He spent a day observing the destruction wrought by invading Russian forces in the Kyiv suburbs that have taken the brunt of the attack on the city’s defenses.

The tour included a stop at a mass burial located on a church’s property in Bucha. The Irish Prime Minister added that the EU and the UK’s successful cooperation in responding to the war is “quite heartening.”

Furthermore, he added they clearly value the variety of assistance they have received from the European Union and the United Kingdom.