"‘Glory to Ukraine!’ sounds not only patriotic but also proud both for us and our friends. That's why people across the globe including well-known politicians, leaders of many democratic countries greet us with this phrase. It became their greeting too. Only Russia shuns it and perceives it as hostile. But the reason is simple: Russia treacherously attacked Ukraine and occupied our Crimea and Donbas. That’s why it sees a threat in the phrase ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ and seeks the whole world to see it that way too.
"Such an inappropriate response is typical for persons involved in crimes. As for us, the Ukrainian diplomats - we are going to explain consistently and in calm manner to our foreign partners what makes Russia so nervous. I am convinced that more and more friends will greet us with sincere words ‘Glory to Ukraine!’," Klimkin said.
"And some words about football. Since sport is formally separated from the politics, the Foreign Ministry refrains from direct dispute with the FIFA, although we are very concerned about the fact that the organization is obviously no stranger to political games. But we shall reach out all the others. Ukrainian Football Federation has already voiced Ukraine’s official stance to the international football officials. Over 150,000 of our fans have also articulated their firm position," the minister stressed.
Earlier, FIFA issued a warning to a Croatian national team's player Domagoj Vida over the "Glory to Ukraine!" video address. It was also reported that Ognjen Vukojevic was banned from a Croatian team and fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,150) over the incident despite vigorous support of both players' move by Ukraine's Football Federation.
The Ukrainian Embassy in the U.K. also slammed two British newspapers - the Sun and the Independent - for misinterpreting in their reports the nature of the "Glory to Ukraine!" slogan and playing along with the Russian propaganda.
The Independent has apparently fixed the piece following the Embassy's reaction. "Congratulations to the @UkrEmbLondon and everyone else who helped draw the @Independent’s attention to the shocking errors in its reporting on the Croatian "Glory to Ukraine" World Cup video. Thanks to your efforts the newspaper has now corrected its earlier mistakes," Business Ukraine magazine reported Monday.