By Naiyl Latypov

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We regret that some Malaysian politicians have been unintentionally (I sincerely hope so) trying to revise an independent, balanced and pragmatic foreign policy of Malaysia, founded on the principles of mutual respect in relations with other nations and peaceful settlement of disputes.

Rudeness is not the Malaysian way to deal with other countries, especially with good friends and partners like Russia.

It is obvious that due to the large-scale propaganda campaign launched by the West, these days we see misinterpretation of the situation in Ukraine and unfounded accusations against the Russian Federation.

Many Malaysian people are not well-informed that a bloody war with civilian casualties has been waged in Donbass for eight long years starting from the unconstitutional coup d'état in Kiev in 2014.

During this period of time people of Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic suffered at the hands of abuse, genocide and robbing of fundamental liberties and human rights by the Kiev regime. More than 2,600 civilians died in the both People’s Republics and another 5,500 were wounded because of military crimes committed by Kiev.

Consistently covered up by the West, Kiev chose brutality and hostility. It tried to solve the Donbass problem not in a diplomatic manner, but by force.

Recently, President Zelensky demanded everyone who considers himself Russian, related to Russian culture or language to get out of Ukraine and go to the Russian Federation.

At the same time, his regime started threatening the whole world with plans to acquire nuclear weapons and to build “dirty bombs”.

Aggressive expansion of a well-armed NATO military alliance to the East and massive pumping of Ukraine with modern weapons by the West in order to militarize Ukrainian territory left us no choice but to implement the announced measures. The Russian Federation could not remain indifferent.

That is why President Vladimir Putin made the decision to carry out a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine and to solve the problem of the security threats to the existence of Russia. 

This decision was made in accordance with the UN Charter and the Treaties of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual assistance with Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

The special operation started on February 24th is not an outbreak of a conflict but an end to the eight-year bloody war. Hope, it will be completed soon.

We are open to diplomacy; this is why we have proposed to start the negotiations. However, diplomacy presumes an ability to negotiate.

An assistance of Malaysia and the whole international community is welcomed to put more diplomatic pressure on the Kiev regime and their Western sponsors forcing them to demilitarize Ukraine and to let the brotherly people of Ukraine to shape their future by themselves and to live in peace and cooperation with all neighbours.

*Naiyl Latypov is the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Malaysia*