The Minister of sports of Ukraine Igor Zhdanov
The Minister of sports of Ukraine Igor Zhdanov wrote a letter to the Ministers responsible for sport in over 35 countries whose football teams declared to participate in the world Cup in Russia, with an appeal to boycott the world Cup.
This was the Ukrainian Minister said in Facebook.
“Given the numerous gross violations by Russia of the UN Charter and international law, we must adequately and actively respond to the Russian policy of aggression, interference in the internal Affairs of sovereign States and large-scale violations of human rights in Russia and in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea and Donbass”, – he said.
Zhdanov stressed that the Russian propaganda is using the world Cup in 2018 to promote the idea of return to “business as usual”.
He recalled about 60 citizens of Ukraine, which Russia holds in its territory.
“The crimes of Russia against Ukraine and the democratic world order will require a more determined and effective response from the international community. In this regard, I urge You to boycott the world Cup 2018 in the Russian Federation”, – writes Zhdanov in the letter.
We will remind, the European Parliament is preparing for a diplomatic boycott of the 2018 world Cup.