A published letter from Ireland’s First Lady Sabina Higgins, which drew criticism, appears to have been removed from the Irish President’s website.
In the letter, the First Lady warned that the war in Ukraine will continue unless both countries agree on a ceasefire and start negotiations.
The letter has since made international headlines as Ms Higgins faces allegations of pro-Kremlin bias.
The letter originally appeared in the Irish Times and was then published in the diary section of the President of Ireland’s website under the headline “War in Ukraine: a moment of moral choice – Letter to the Irish Times”. But now it seems to have been removed.
In the letter, Ms Higgins wrote that she was “disappointed and dismayed” that an editorial in the newspaper “did not encourage ceasefire negotiations that could result in a peace settlement between the Russians, Ukrainian forces and separatists”.
She added that until President Vladimir Putin and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy agree on a ceasefire and negotiations, “the long stretch of terrible war will continue.”
Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yuriy Filatov said Ms Higgins’ letter made “meaningful” and was consistent with Russia’s objectives.
He told the Irish Times: “I wouldn’t want to get involved in internal affairs, but from that perspective it makes sense. She is against war. We are all against war.”
Ukraine MP Kira Rudik has criticized Ms Higgins’ comments in the letter, saying it is easy for her to comment on the war when her country is not under attack.
Speaking to Newstalk, she said: “As a country that has been at war with Russia for eight years, we definitely know that it is not enough for one side to want peace – it has to be mutual.
“I wouldn’t call it naive, I would call it underinformed, because if you look at how Russia has been behaving for the last eight years – if you look at the last five and a half months – you would understand that there is no way gives more peaceful negotiations.”
Ms Rudik said that views like this letter are “extremely dangerous”, adding, “because basically the letter says ‘let’s make peace’ – so we will allow it [the] Tyrant, let aggressive country get away with what it did.”
Independent.ie has reached out to Áras an Uachtaráin for comment.
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