The Foreign Ministry and the Administration of the President of Ukraine called “the disinformation” media reports about the allegedly possible deployment of Ukrainian troops to Syria to join the fight against ISIS, said the Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba to Ukrainska Pravda, Joinfo.ua reports.
“This is a fake. We are actively cooperating with partners to end the conflict in the Middle East. But we have never discussed the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the region, particularly in Syria or Iraq,” – he stressed.
“Our partners did not address to us with such requests, knowing that we need our army here at home under the conditions of Russian aggression,” – added Kuleba.
Еhe spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO issues Colonel Andriy Lysenko commenting the publication to Ukrainska Pravda, also called it the disinformation.
“Publication about the allegedly possible participation of Ukrainian troops in combat against ISIS in Syria is a common disinformation and one of the elements of a hybrid war waged against our country,” – said Lysenko.
“Ukraine has not received any requests for such participation, has not filed such statements and does not intend to do so. There is not a single document, not a single application [on it],” – he stressed.
Lysenko said that Ukraine continues its cooperation with other countries to restore peace in the Middle East.
“But it is more about political support in the fight against ISIS within the UN Security Council and within the intelligence sharing. It is not, was not and will not be any mentioning about training of such a contingent,” – he stressed.
Lysenko suggested that such a disinformation could be launched specially “before major meetings [of the Ukrainian President] to mislead our Western partners.”
It should be noted that today February 1, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrived in Berlin on a working visit to Germany, where he held a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.