The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia is expelling the Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg Oleksandr Sosonyuk, he was given 72 hours to leave the Russian Federation. This was reported on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
At the same time, Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine Vasyl Pokotylo was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in connection with the "illegal activities of the Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in St. Petersburg."
“The Russian side pointed out the inadmissibility of this kind of activity, incompatible with the status of a consular officer and detrimental to the security interests of the Russian Federation", said in the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
On the morning of April 17, the FSB of Russia reported the arrest of the Ukrainian consul Alexander Sosonyuk. The diplomat was allegedly detained while receiving information of a classified nature during a meeting with a citizen of the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that they are preparing a response based on the principle of reciprocity in connection with the detention of the Ukrainian consul.
The Ukrainian diplomatic department called the actions of the Russian security officials "another provocation against the backdrop of a military escalation along the borders of Ukraine."