Deputy Minister for Issues of Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Georgy Tuka told the Glavred portal which political course should be chosen by Kiev regarding Moscow.
He stressed that he does not believe in the concept of "fraternal peoples", "brotherly love" and "other soppy stuff", adding that relations between the two countries should be based on pragmatism.
"But politically in the future, Russia will remain the enemy of independent Ukraine, so our task is to seek to tear Russia to pieces," the official explained.
Tuka expresses provocative remarks about Russia not for the first time. So, in July he called Moscow a "terrible" and "insidious" enemy, urging Kiev to build up troops. According to him, the best option for Ukraine "and for the whole world" would be "the cessation of the existence of Russia as a state."
Russia's State Duma deputy Ruslan Balbek believes the statements of the Ukrainian official are far from reality.
"The Kiev regime puts into Tuka's mouth its most hopeless dreams... Georgy Tuka is the official mouthpiece of Poroshenko's failures," Balbek said.
DONi News Agency