Former assistant Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Elena zerkal appealed to the international editor of the American edition of The New York Times Michael Slackman with the requirement to correct the text of her interview. The diplomat explained that the publication of distorted information about her trip to Washington. An open letter to Slackman mirror has published on his page in Facebook on Wednesday evening, December 4.
“In the article are a number of highly speculative statements that are not reflected in what we actually discussed,” wrote the diplomat.
Zerkal emphasized that its position is fully consistent with the position of the Ukrainian government, which considers undue any interference in the proceedings in the impeachment proceedings held in the United States.
“First of all, I must stress that this is a domestic problem of the United States… the United States remains one of our most important and steadfast partner and has been so from the beginning of our independence,” – said the former Deputy Minister.
“During the interview it was obvious to me that at the end of July, we didn’t know why the process of providing military assistance to Ukraine has not been completed. We had no reason to believe that military aid is really frozen. In the interview I explained that there are problems and that our Embassy in USA restricted telegrams, which were daily delivered simultaneously and in the Ministry of foreign Affairs, and the Office of the President. I also clearly stated (and reiterated in a subsequent email) that the cause and the delay was unclear. No mention of how to help the freezing or emphasis on this particular issue in telegrams with limited access from the United States. If he was, I’d react accordingly. I also clearly remembered the date of something so significant,” the letter said zerkal.
3 Dec in The New York Times published an interview with Elena zerkal, from which it follows that official Kiev in July knew about the blocking of us military aid, but had to hide it from citizens.
The evening of the same day in the “Radio HB” the mirror explained that the American edition incorrectly gave her words.
“Information is very, very far from reality. This is a level of manipulation that I thought was peculiar only to Russian propaganda”, – said the diplomat.
The next day the chief editor of “Radio HB” Valery Kalnysh received a letter from the NYT.
“The New York Times insists on the loyalty of his report, which includes direct quotes Elena zerkal on the events that took place,” the letter says.