London comments on placing Ukraine coat of arms in anti-terror list

London comments on placing Ukraine coat of arms in anti-terror list

The British government said it is aware that Ukraine's national symbol appears in a British police guide for identifying extremist symbols and that it is "regretful" of the fact.

"We are aware and regretful of the insult caused by the appearance of the Ukrainian Trident in the British police's visual guide," a U.K. government spokesperson said in a statement on the Facebook page of the British Embassy in Ukraine. 

"As stated by the police, the document clearly states that many of the symbols contained therein are of no interest in the fight against terrorism," the spokesperson added.

The statement further said the British authorities "deeply respect the official symbols of Ukrainian statehood…We recognize the Trident as a major element of the state emblem of Ukraine, which has constitutional, historical, and cultural significance for the people of Ukraine," RFE/RL reported.

The statement was in reference to a 24-page guide that British authorities produced while giving anti-extremism briefings last year to help front-line officers discern signs and symbols.

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