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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has found the comment by director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's economic cooperation department Alexander Gorban about Kyiv's relations with the Customs Union to be insulting.
"Despite the new year's calm, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry cannot ignore the extremely undiplomatic and insulting to Ukraine interview with our Russian counterpart, Mr. Gorban," Head of the Information Policy Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Voloshyn said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine while commenting on a statement by Gorban that Russia won't lower gas price for Ukraine unless it joins the Customs Union.
The Ukrainian diplomat stressed that in talks both with the Customs Union and with the European Union, or any other international organization, Ukraine pursues exclusively its national interests.
"That's why we absolutely do not understand a somewhat hysterical tone of Mr. Gorban, which he used in his comment concerning Ukraine's relations with the Customs Union," Voloshyn said.
According to him, Kyiv hopes that in the future, highly professional officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry will comment on such a sensitive matter showing more restraint and respect for their partners.
"We do not always achieve a desired result in negotiations with the Russian partners. However, in case of failure we prefer looking for new approaches to our partners, without getting hysterical," he said.
As reported, on January 1, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's economic cooperation department Alexander Gorban said that Russia was not going to lower the price for its gas for Ukraine.