Ukrainian ambassador to Italy says depriving Poroshenko Verona honorary citizen title is 'Kremlin political show'
Ukrainian Ambassador to Italy Yevhen Perelyhin believes that depriving Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of the title of honorary citizen of Verona was orchestrated by the Kremlin.
The draft resolution on the deprivation of the Ukrainian president of this status was registered in the city council of Verona in December of last year on the initiative of the leader of the youth wing of the League of the North Party (now the League party), the diplomat told the European Pravda media outlet.
"The analysis of the text of the document, as well as the fact that it was signed by almost all representatives of the League of the North Party, which won in Verona in municipal elections, attest to the political direction of this decision," the ambassador said.
Perelyhin stressed that the decision of the previous Verona City Council to grant the honorable citizenship of the city to Poroshenko and to make free admission for Ukrainian citizens to the city's museums during the past year "became a sincere reaction of local deputies," whereas "successful promotion of Ukraine in many spheres nags the regime in Moscow."
"That is why the political show of the Kremlin was performed by Verona artists," the ambassador said.
As reported, on the evening of September 23, the media referring to the Italian agency ANSA reported that the city council of Verona deprived President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko of the title of honorary citizen of the city. Twenty-eight local deputies voted for this decision, four were "against."
Poroshenko received the title of honorary citizen of the city at the end of May 2016. Then he returned 17 paintings, found in Ukraine, to the Verona Museum of Castelvecchio.