Countries that ?mistreated Ukraine? will be held accountable, says Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba
Ukraine will remember those who backed it in its conflict with Russia and will hold those who did not accountable, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba warned in a BBC interview on Friday.
The choices every nation made during Russia's military operation in Ukraine will be "taken into account in building future relations," Kuleba said, adding that countries that have "misbehaved in the course of this war and mistreated Ukraine" would pay a price.
"If anyone in the world thinks that the way this or that country behaved - or treated Ukraine at the darkest moment of its history - will not be taken into account in building future relations, these people just don't know how diplomacy works," he stated, noting that "war is a time when you have to make a choice. And every choice has been recorded."
The minister also blasted the West for not giving Ukraine weapons fast enough, pointing out that every day weapons are not delivered is a day some Ukrainian soldiers die on the frontline.
Russia responded to Kuleba's statement by noting that everything he said had already long been understood by Ukrainian citizens, which is why they are fleeing even from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote in a Telegram post that while Kuleba was "trying to clumsily intimidate the world community," he was simultaneously publishing announcements on his ministry's website, searching for "anyone who could represent the Kiev regime at the ambassador level abroad."
"Even though there is a foreign currency salary, it seems there is no one to be found," Zakharova said.
Meanwhile, Russia has pointed out that more and more UN member states are beginning to question the true nature of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev as they grow more skeptical of the West's calls for peace in Ukraine.
"Very quickly it has become obvious that it's not Russia and Ukraine that are fighting in Ukraine right now. It's a NATO proxy war against Russia with the hands of the Ukrainians, until the last Ukrainian," Dmitry Polyansky, the deputy head of Moscow's mission to the UN, said last week.