The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has taken note of the news reported by British media that a counter-extremism guide distributed by British law-enforcement agencies contains the Ukrainian State Emblem: the Tryzub (Trident).
The State Emblem of Ukraine originated at the times of the Kyivan Rus and represents one of the symbols of unity of the Ukrainian people. It is widely used by Ukrainian public authorities and the society alike. Any linking of the State Emblem of Ukraine to extremism is offensive to millions of people in Ukraine and abroad.
We are currently expecting an official comment by the British Foreign Office and police. We proceed from understanding that it will be publicised promptly. In case the aforementioned fact is confirmed, we demand exclusion from the guide of the national symbols of Ukraine.