Liudmila Alekseeva: "We think of Ukrainians with great warmth"

posted 16 Nov 2017, 12:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 13:01 ]
8 November 2017

Moscow Helsinki Group 

On 16 November the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine may consider a bill in second reading on the reintegration of Donbass, a bill that will include a point about breaking diplomatic relations with Russia, Kommersant reported on 8 November.

Breaking diplomatic relations with Russia would be a just step, but a very difficult one to come to terms with. Such is the view opinion of Liudmila Alekseeva, the prominent Russian human rights defender and head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, she told the Ukrainian publication Obozrevatel.

"It's a just step, but one very difficult to come to terms with,” Alekseeva said. “Because our peoples have been very close to each other, we are very closely related peoples." "My much-loved cousin lives in Kherson. Will she be able to visit me if we break off all relations?” she asked.

“It would be a just step, that can't be gainsaid. But it would be terrible if it happened. I will grieve over it," Alekseeva confessed.

Liudmila Alekseeva added that such a step would impact not only the ability of ordinary citizens to travel between Russia and Ukraine, but would have much more serious consequences.

"For all that, Ukraine is closely related to Russia. After all it's our leaders who have quarrelled. As for us, we think of Ukrainians with great warmth,” Alekseeva says.