The Language of Diplomacy

17 November 2017

According to Reuters news agency, on hearing rumours that Ukraine is to debate cutting all diplomatic ties with Russia, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a phone conference that this move would “further deepen a crisis between the two countries”, and, “hurt the interests of both Ukrainians and Russians”.

Mr. Peskov is less known for his irony than he is dishonesty, but, our comment is this. The crisis between the two countries boils down to the fact that one of the countries, the one Dimmy Peskov speaks for, has invaded the other country. Those actions have certainly hurt the interests of Ukrainian people, nearly two million of whom are internally displaced. It is unlikely the wound could become much bigger. Then again…


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