SWEDISH-UKRAINIAN RELATIONS – PRESIDENT YAROSLAV STETSKO IN STOCKHOLM 1964

At a 1964 visit in Stockholm exiled Ukrainian President Yaroslav Stetsko of Ukraine celebrated the memory of King Charles XII by placing a wreath on the tomb of the King. He expressed his gratitude to Sweden in the following way:

We, the Ukrainians, Estonians, Lithuanians, Georgians and other peoples subjugated by Russia, today honor the memory of the heroic King of the Swedes, Charles XII. Two hundred and fifty years agao this great statesman and European foresaw the danger to Europe from Russia and strove to prevent it.

In this common struggle by the Swedish people under Charles XII and the Ukrainians led by Hetman Ivan Mazepa, our countries were abandoned by the rest of Europe.

In the memory of our nations Charles XII remains for ever the defender of our rights and freedoms, the defender of the ideal of independence for our nations.

Today, here, in the name of the Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Georgian and other nations of Eastern Europe, we express our recognition and gratitude to the Swedish people for the sacrifices made by them on the battlefield of Poltava in 1709 and on other battlefields in Eastern Europe for our independence.

Comment: The wreath laying ceremony took place in relation to the arrival of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchov in Sweden on Monday, June 22nd, toward 12:00 oclock noon. He had been invited, in spite popular protests by the Swedish people, by the social democratic government. The visit of Stetsko angered the Soviet leader who later during the visit lost his temper. The reception by people to Krushchov and his motorcade was reserved and very cool.

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