Foreign Ministry reacts to anti-Ukrainian provocations in Moscow

Foreign Ministry reacts to anti-Ukrainian provocations in Moscow

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has responded to anti-Ukrainian provocations in Moscow, the ministry has said in a statement in connection with provocations against the staff of the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow.

"On March 30 and 31 in Moscow, unknown individuals put up posters on the fences in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in the Russian Federation with photos of embassy diplomats and insulting comments. An official car of the Ukrainian embassy, which was parked in the city, was also damaged," the statement reads.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said it saw this provocation as another gross violation by Russia of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

"We demand that the Russian side take urgent measures to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened, bring the perpetrators to justice, prevent further similar actions and provide conditions for the personal safety and inviolability of Ukrainian diplomats in Russia," the statement reads.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow had sent a note of protest to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the anti-Ukrainian act.

On March 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Chargé d'Affaires of Ukraine in Russia Vasyl Pokotylo and expressed a "strong protest" to him over a campaign against diplomats of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine, which took place on March 16, and the Russian Embassy in Kyiv sent a note to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

Early on Tuesday, March 16, posters appeared in Kyiv near the places of residence and work of Russian diplomats, on which Russians recognize Crimea as part of Ukraine.


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