MFA suspends Ukraine’s Consul in Hamburg for possible anti-Semitic statements

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ministry categorically condemns any forms of discrimination, xenophobia and anti-Semitism
19:28, 14 May 2018

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The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has suspended the Ukrainian Consul in Hamburg for the possible anti-Semitic statements. Mariana Betsa, the spokeswoman of the ministry claimed this as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

‘At the moment, the consul is suspended from his official duties.  We do not exclude his revoke from Hamburg to Ukraine. At the same time, we continue the careful check of all details and we will inform the community on their results’, Betsa noted.

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She emphasized that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine categorically condemns any forms of discrimination, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

‘Such statements are absolutely unacceptable for if they take place within our diplomatic corps. We will be very serious and careful about this and will draw conclusions for the future’, she said.

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Betsa also hopes that the checks in this case will be rapid.

‘It is offensive that such situation takes place. It is, actually, the first time when we have such situation. Clearly, the government of Germany where this person is accredited will be informed if this person is revoked. We do exclude that it can take place in the near future. Then we will see on the results of the check. In general, we have not had such cases yet’, Betsa concluded.

According to Reuters, they could not check the anti-Semitic messages at the page of Vasyl Marushchynets, the worker of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Hamburg.

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Also, Marushchynets and Consulate General in Hamburg did not comment the situation immediately.

Earlier, blogger Anatoly Shariy said that an employee of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Hamburg, Vasyl Marushynets, posted anti-Semitic publications on his Facebook page.
It is noted that the diplomat's page can't be viewed by people who are not his friends in the network.

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According to the blogger, among the posts of Marushynets one can see such anti-Semitic posts as "Jews proclaimed the war against Germany in 1934", "God, punish Jews", "Babi Yar. Not in Moscow in 1941, but in Ukraine in 1918 -1941, ""Jews - s**t "(the spelling of the author of the messages is preserved, - Ed).
Marushynets also reported that his Facebook page was blocked more than once.
We recall, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that anti-Semitic provocations are often inspired by the Kremlin regime, which with the help of hybrid aggression tools is trying to shake the political situation in Ukraine.

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Avakov promised "a principled and quick" reaction of law enforcement officers to discrimination and anti-Semitism.

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