MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On April 19, the Russian Embassy in Kiev received a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declaring the Embassy counselor “persona non grata” because of his activities allegedly incompatible with diplomatic status.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expresses its strong protest in connection with the next unfriendly step of the Ukrainian side. The accusations against the Russian diplomat are unfounded and unfounded. He did not commit any actions outside the scope of diplomatic functions.
We drew attention to the fact that Kiev tried to submit a written note announcing “persona non grata” by the Counselor of the Russian Embassy as a symmetrical response to the oral announcement of the undesirability of the Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in St. Petersburg staying in the Russian Federation.
This approach is absolutely unacceptable. The Ukrainian consul was advised to leave Russia after he was detained red-handed while committing illegal acts. He tried to acquire closed databases of Russian law enforcement agencies containing personal information about individuals. These materials are needed by the Kiev authorities to prepare political repressions against their own compatriots who have dual citizenship of Russia and Ukraine or who have property and relatives in our country. A significant part of the population of Ukraine falls under these categories. Thus, the consul leaving Russia, called upon to protect the citizens of Ukraine, in fact acted against their interests.
Taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the Russian Foreign Ministry cannot consider the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Ukraine as a symmetrical measure and reserves the right to retaliate against one of the diplomats of the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow.
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