KYIV – Volodymyr Zelenskyy has fired Vadym Prystaiko as Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, after the envoy criticized the Ukrainian president in public.
Zelenskyy’s decree, announcing the dismissal of the ambassador, does not give a cause for his determination. But it comes after Prystaiko criticized Zelenskyy’s punchy response to U.Ok. Defense Minister Ben Wallace, who instructed that Ukraine ought to present extra gratitude to its allies.
Speaking to reporters at the NATO summit in Vilnius earlier this month, Wallace stated that the U.S. is heading for a presidential election subsequent 12 months, and lawmakers from international locations making huge navy donations to Kyiv might face a political downside if they’re met with Ukrainian anger. There is concern throughout a lot of Europe that NATO-skeptic Donald Trump might return as U.S. president.
Zelenskyy responded with an ironic comment throughout the press briefing in Vilnius, saying he doesn’t perceive how way more he ought to categorical his thanks, in response to Wallace’s remark. “He can write to me about how he wants to be thanked, so we can fully express our gratitude. We can make a point to wake up (every) morning and thank him,” Zelenskyy stated.
During the interview with Sky News Prystaiko was requested if that comment had a touch of sarcasm. He agreed. “I don’t believe that this sarcasm is healthy. We don’t have to show Russians that we have something between us. They have to know we are working together,” Prystaiko stated.