Ukraine does not expel Russian diplomats following the example of Europe, as this will mean the automatic expulsion of Ukrainian consuls from the Russian Federation, whose presence in the country is extremely important for Ukrainian political prisoners. This was announced on Facebook page by First Vice Speaker of Parliament, representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko.
"I'm tired of the unprofessionalism... There is no Russian ambassador in Ukraine for a long time, we did not accept agreement for a new ambassador, as there is no Ukrainian ambassador to Russia. Our diplomatic relations are reduced to a critical minimum, the embassies have a few diplomats and consuls. The deportation of Russian consuls will cause the expulsion of Ukrainian consuls - and our political prisoners in Russia will remain face-to-face with the mordor, without the chance to see the Ukrainian representative at least once in a few months, to feel minimal support, "she said.
Gerashchenko reminded that Stanislav Klykh, Mykila Karpyuk, Roman Suschenko, Pavlo Gryb, and others remain in Russian prisons.
As reported, earlier the Western media reported that the US and about 20 European countries are preparing to expel Russian diplomats associated with Moscow spy networks.
A week ago, Russian diplomats were expelled from Great Britain. This was the result of ignoring demand of London to provide explanations for the so-called "case of Skripal."