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Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Insults India Again Only Days After Making Offensive Remark

© Photo : Sergei Kholodilin/BelTA Pool Photo via APMykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian Presidential office
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian Presidential office - Sputnik India, 1920, 16.09.2023
Four days after making a controversial remark about the “intellectual potential” of countries like China and India, the advisor tried to justify himself by issuing a clarification, but it seems he only made it worse.
Advisor to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, once again insulted India on Saturday by claiming the country has “weak analytical potential”.
His comments come days after making an offensive remark about the “weak intellectual potential” of countries like India, which he later tried to correct.
While responding to a UNIAN correspondent during the Editorial Board Summit event, Podolyak said that “he incorrectly used word intelligence and instead of it he should have said weak analytical potential in terms of assessing the strategic disadvantage of cooperation with the Russian Federation."

He also said that he had already apologized for his words. “I then said sorry, that’s an incorrect phrase from the point of view of weak intellectual potential because we are talking specifically about the analytical component, an incorrect assessment of the strategic plans of India and China, which still, unfortunately, support the Russian Federation,” the advisor to Ukrainian president said.

Notably on Tuesday, Podolyak also said during an interview that India and China exhibits “weak intellectual potential” and “fail to analyze the consequences of their actions."
He even referred to India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission saying: “Yes, India has launched a lunar rover presently and is now trekking on the surface of the Moon, but that does not indicate that this country fully comprehends what the modern world is about."

Podolyak's words caused a strong reaction on the internet, especially from Indian users. One of them wrote "that's why we are on the Moon and they are in minefield."

Volodymyr Zelensky leaves the stage after addressing a media conference at a NATO summit in Vilnius - Sputnik India, 1920, 12.09.2023
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Senior Ukrainian Official Claims Indians and Chinese Have 'Weak Intellectual Potential'