The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has applied for the inclusion of borscht in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage, writes “Observer”.
The idea was initiated by the Ukrainian chef Evgeniy Klopotenko.
As noted by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Alexander Tkachenko, a dossier “The culture of cooking Ukrainian borscht” was sent to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. On his Facebook page, he wrote that Ukrainian borscht is a Ukrainian national dish that has no competitors. He called for an end to speculation “on the basis of the” Russianness “of borscht, because you cannot change the truth.”
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry added that the application can be considered for several years, since the consideration takes place only once every two years.
Let us recall that discussions about the ownership of borscht have been going on for a long time. So, in December last year, disputes began with renewed vigor after a post on the social network of the Russian TV presenter Andrei Bocharov about the “Russian borscht”. A number of Ukrainian users reported the Russians “stealing” borscht. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that borscht is considered a national dish not only in Ukraine, but also in Belarus, Poland, Romania, Moldova and Lithuania.