Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said Ireland should not be used as an example by Russia to “justify an unjustifiable war” in Ukraine.
He was speaking after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made public comments on Friday.
Mr Lavrov claimed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had demanded that people in his country who feel they belong to Russian culture “leave Ukraine”.
Don’t bring Ireland into an argument trying to justify an unjustifiable war.
Ireland and the United Kingdom are an example of how 2 countries with a difficult past have found a way to shape and maintain a peace process, guaranteeing the absence of violence. @dfatirl https://t.co/dQlSfckRPs
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney)
February 25, 2022
He added: “For example, if in Ireland, if they banned the English language, what would the UK think of it. Or if in Belgium they would have banned the French language, I can’t imagine that such a law would really last a few days, hours.
Mr. Lavrov asserted that the West sees the situation only through the prism of its own interests… and that “when the linguistic, cultural and religious rights of several million people in Ukraine are violated, you do not don’t focus on human rights, you’re talking about a so-called democratic regime.
Mr Coveney posted a link to Mr Lavrov’s remarks on Twitter and wrote: ‘Don’t bring Ireland into a row trying to justify an unjustifiable war.
He said Ireland and the UK “are an example of how two countries, with difficult pasts, have found a way to shape and sustain a peace process, ensuring the absence of violence”.
Mr Coveney also said: “Ireland will maintain its solidarity with the people of Ukraine and do everything in its power to support them in this unjustifiable war.”