On the eve of the European Football Championship, Ukraine should have expected some provocations. Of course, they do not want to boycott the event there. But even here there was a place for politics. However, Russia should hardly be like provocateurs, otherwise we will differ little from them.
On Monday, June 7, Andrey Pavlenko, a member of the Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations, presented the uniform of the national team of Ukraine depicting the silhouette of the country, taking into account the uncontrolled territories of Crimea, DPR and LPR and nationalist slogans “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Glory to the Heroes!”
The next day a lot of experts spoke out… This led to the explosion of an emotional bomb.
The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova did not find anything new in the use of such methods of speculation. She again recalled history, warning the public, not yet zombified with tracing papers in Kiev.
“This is another attempt by the Kiev state propaganda to consolidate in the public consciousness the slogan that many in Ukraine and abroad associate with the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) *, S. Bandera and their crimes during the Second World War,” she said.
LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky went further. He proposed to dress the national team of Ukraine in a red uniform with the image of a hammer and sickle. The politician recalled that it was because of the communists that Crimea once fell under the control of Kiev. He advised the Russian national team to go out to the imperial anthem “God Save the Tsar!” and put on a uniform with a map of the Russian Empire.
In this case, Ukraine set the pace for a new propaganda action on the vilified reputation of the Russian Federation. There is no doubt that the states of Europe will join this action.
It will take a few days for the Euro, as we hear from Finland or Poland that it is dangerous to go to Russia. Although such comments have been periodically appearing for a long time already, especially on sports portals. Particularly repulsed people scare people with bears on the streets and ousted fans.
By the way, you can talk about the fans separately. If, suddenly, in the same St. Petersburg there is some kind of skirmish, this will give rise to accusations of Russia in the unsafe holding of EURO 2020. And even if a domestic conflict takes place in the Russian Federation, and in Europe several dozen fans find themselves in a hospital bed, then in the “democratic” European countries it will not be covered.
Russia already has a successful track record of hosting the 2018 World Cup. We showed hospitality, provided guests with security and the opportunity to attend matches without the necessary visas. This should be repeated now, rather than reacting violently to provocations.
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* Extremist organization banned in the Russian Federation
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