As reported by Censor.NET citing Glavkom news outlet, this was said by Ukraine's Ambassador to Italy Yevhen Perelyhin.
According to the diplomat, before the exhibition kicked off, the Ukrainian embassy warned its organizers that the exposition of Crimean products under the guise of Russian ones contradicts EU's decision not to recognize the occupation of Crimea. In turn, the organizers informed the representatives of the Russian Federation that the wines from Crimea it had declared could not be shown at the exhibition.
However, according to the ambassador, it became known before the exhibition opening that the Russians had just replaced the declared Crimean wines by the ones produced by other Crimean manufacturers.
"I would say that Ukraine obtained justice through political and diplomatic efforts and active position of our citizens. I can say that I also saw those Ukrainians who paid no attention at all. The third factor was the organizers' understanding. They acted within the scope of usual cooperation with the Russian representatives. They told them that they [wines] could not be displayed. In turn, they [the Russians] decided to cheat the organizers. They said: "we will be showing Inkerman if we cannot display Zolota Balka." Such actions led to the decisive actions of the organizers," Perelyhin explained.
As reported, the Italian law enforcers seized the wines produced in Russian-occupied Crimea from the Russian stand at the Vinitaly exhibition in Verona on April 12.
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