The Vice Prime Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleh Urusky assured that his presence next to the Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov during the international exhibition IDEX 2021 is connected with the protocol that is determined by the host state.
He stated this on his Facebook page.
According to him, the photo of him standing next to Kadyrov was taken during the official opening ceremony of the international military-technical exhibition where Urusky was the Head of the Ukrainian government delegation.
In particular, the host state determines the placement of the heads of official delegations during the procession at the beginning of the ceremony, Urusky stressed.
In addition, he noted that he had no contacts with the head of the Russian delegation. Also, the Ukrainian delegation drew the attention of the local government to the unacceptability of such situations in the future.
Context. The scandal began when the Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal wrote that he was waiting for an explanation from Urusky about his photo with Kadyrov.