Russia expels 13 diplomats from Ukraine, mostly from the Embassy in Moscow, 5 from the Consulate in Rostov, and from the cities where most of the trials of Ukrainian political prisoner are held. Iryna Herashchenko, the Chairman of Verkhovna Rada, wrote on Facebook.
“Russia, by tradition, is acting mean and painful. They expel 13 of our diplomats mostly from the Embassy in Moscow and 5 diplomats from our Consulate in Rostov as a reaction to the expulsion of 13 Russian diplomats doing some precarious business in Ukraine. Most trials of Ukrainian political prisoners take place there (in Rostov,- ed.),” she wrote.
According to her, the relatives of the political prisoners are worried whether the Ukrainian Consulate could work properly and protect Ukrainian citizens.
“Yes, the stress and the pressure on our consuls, who stay to work in the Mordor will increase, but they realize the responsibility they bear and their noble mission. They will perform their duties in full, strive for the access to the prison, they will also be present at the court,” Herashchenko stated.
Meanwhile, in her opinion, a department to support hostages’ relatives and political prisoners should be set in the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs.
“As the President’s Envoy, I intend to appeal to all of the EU and G7 states with a request for being present at the trials of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars – in Moscow, Rostov, wherever this farce is going on. This will be a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine, which supports Britain and the world,” Herashchenko stated.
She added that unlike the Ukrainian consuls, Russian consuls do not concern about lives of “ihtamnets” (a soldier, a representative of Russian Armed Forces, who conduct a Hybrid war on the territory of another state -, ed.)
“Russian consul visited Aheyev, who liberal Nezavisimaya Gazeta was crying about, one time, some of 20 convicted Russians – not even once,” the deputy informed.
Earlier, Russia declared 13 Ukrainian diplomats personae non-gratae on March 30. This was a reaction to the expulsion of 13 Russian diplomats from Ukraine due to the Skripal’s case. 23 states were involved in the responsive measures taken by Russia.
The USA announced its decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats on March 26 due to the Skripal’s case. 28 states took same measures afterwards.