Foreign Ministry recommends Ukrainians to refrain from traveling to World Cup in Russia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine recommends that citizens of Ukraine refrain from traveling to the Russian Federation to attend the final of the Football World Cup in connection with serious threats to personal security.
"Staying of Ukrainian citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation is associated with serious threats to personal security. Russian law enforcement agencies and punitive agencies resort to detentions and charges of espionage or terrorist activities, carry out other provocative acts against Ukrainians," the Foreign Ministry said in its statement posted on the ministry's website on Tuesday.
Ukrainian diplomats noted that Russia resorts to a vicious practice of restricting or denying access to detained Ukrainian citizens for consuls and lawyers.
The Foreign Ministry informed that "the incitement of anti-Ukrainian sentiments through the Kremlin propaganda is an additional risk factor" for the stay of Ukrainian citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation.
"Any demonstration of one's belonging to Ukraine can provoke a purposeful aggression on the part of Russian fan groups, most of which do not hide their hostile attitude towards Ukrainians," the foreign ministry said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also called on foreign partners to politically boycott the final part of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
"We believe that the refusal to send official delegations to the Russian Federation will be an important demonstration of international solidarity in the rejection of the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation and the commission of crimes against human rights," the diplomats said.