Russian Foreign Ministry rebuffs Kiev's search for a "Russian trace" in the Shefir case

23.09.2021, Moscow.

Kiev should recall its recent examples of lies and provocations, such as the story with journalist Arkady Babchenko, before claiming a “Russian trace” in the assassination attempt on the first aide to Ukrainian President Sergei Shefir, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on September 23 on the Russia One channel’s 60 Minutes program.

“You remember how this story with Babchenko and with [the former head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry – Rossa Primavera News Agency] Klimkin ended. By and large, the Ukrainian delegation through Klimkin misinformed the international community and the Security Council, passing off a play, a dirty provocation, as a crime in which Moscow is involved,” Zakharova said.

This is how she reacted to the beginning of the discussion by the Ukrainian authorities about the “Kremlin’s hand” behind the assassination attempt on Shefir.

“Maybe the Ukrainian side should recall more often what provocations it itself participated in before blaming someone for its own misfortunes? It seems to me that they should learn this lesson,” Zakharova stressed.

On September 22, unknown persons made an assassination attempt on Shefir’s life. Shots were fired at the car of the first aide to Ukrainian President Zelensky on the highway near Kiev.

The head of the pro-presidential “Servant of the People” faction in the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament – translator’s note] David Arahamiya suggested a “Russian trace” in the case.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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