Detention of Ukrainian consul in Russia: Kyiv preparing response

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is noted that Sosoniuk is now in the Ukrainian diplomatic establishment
14:10, 17 April 2021

112 Agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is preparing a response based on the principle of reciprocity in connection with the detention of the Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin, UNN reports.

"Of course, in the near future the Foreign Ministry will decide on a symmetrical response in accordance with the existing practice in such situations," he said.

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He also noted that Sosoniuk is now in the Ukrainian diplomatic establishment, and in the near future the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine will decide on his return to his homeland.

As we reported earlier, Russia detained a Ukrainian diplomat for allegedly receiving classified information from a database of the country’s main security agency.

"Ukrainian consul Oleksandr Sosoniuk was detained in St. Petersburg while receiving information of a classified nature during a meeting with a citizen of the Russian Federation," the message says.

The source explains that the detained Ukrainian diplomat allegedly tried to obtain information contained in the databases of law enforcement agencies and the FSB.

Related: EU member countries endorse sanctions against Russians involved in cyber attacks on U.S.

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