The Office of the President of Ukraine declares that the information provided in the story of “Schemes” program about the meeting of the President of Ukraine with the high official of the Russian Federation that allegedly took place in Oman is completely false.
The President of Ukraine has never met (in person or in the framework of international events), talked or otherwise communicated with Nikolai Patrushev.
The Office of the President of Ukraine considers the publication of conclusions based not on facts or testimony, but on speculation and information from some secret "sources" an open manipulation of public opinion by “Schemes” program. When such manipulation is carried out on social networks by anonymous accounts in the framework of information activities of the aggressor against Ukraine, this can be explained by the logic of the hybrid war. But when Ukrainian journalists do the same, it goes beyond the notion of free journalism per se.
The Office of the President of Ukraine expects “Schemes” program to refute the untrue information and assumptions made on its basis. We are filing a lawsuit demanding a denial and an apology. We also consider it our duty to draw the attention of “UA:Pershyi” public broadcaster to the distribution of false information via its facilities, which is an outright manipulation of the public opinion.