Zakharov responded to words Poroshenko about Russian plans to seize the cities
MOSCOW, 2 Jun — RIA Novosti. After the statement of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko about the alleged intention of Russia to seize Berdyansk and Mariupol, it is safe to say that Russia protects Europe from the “barbarity, tyranny, terrorism, aggression, militarism that hangs over all our continent”, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, to paraphrase the Ukrainian leader.
In 2016 Poroshenko, speaking at the celebrations of Europe Day in Ukraine, told about the Ukrainians who are “on the front line defending European civilization.”
Earlier the President of Ukraine in an interview with the German Funke Media Group said that Russia allegedly intends to capture the Ukrainian city of Berdyansk and Mariupol, to get a ground corridor from Donbas and Crimea. He gave no real acknowledgment of his words, and the only evidence of such “plans,” called the incident on 25 November in the Kerch Strait, when Russia detained Ukrainian sailors have illegally crossed the border with Russia.
Zakharov drew attention to the words of the former Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel, who has previously accused Ukraine of trying to involve Germany in a war against Russia. According to Zakharova, Gabriel gave “a very clear characterization of what is happening in Ukraine”.