Interfax news agency, Moscow
Published by BBC Monitoring Service
November 29, 2002
Moscow, 29 November: The Russian Foreign Ministry regards demands [not
stated by whom] that Russia pay compensation to Ukrainians who fell victim
to the 1932-1933 famine and Stalin-time purges as "not constructive".
"Attempts to use the tragic facts of our common history in present-day
Russian-Ukrainian relations, which we are successfully building and
developing in the spirit of neighbourliness and strategic partnership, are
counterproductive, politically motivated and even harmful," the ministry
information department said.
"One can hardly say who suffered more from the totalitarian regime or who
suffered less. Everyone suffered," diplomats stressed.
BBC Monitoring: Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow, in English