Ukraine intends to submit the offer on the sending of its consuls to Rostov-on-Don to the Russian side. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
‘We will submit our offers to send our consuls to Rostov-on-Don. We understand that we need to have our consuls there. Due to the fact, that five of them were expelled from Russia, it is important for us today to protect the citizens who are in Russia or Russian prisons. So, it is necessary for us to submit our offers’, Klympush-Tsintsadze said.
She also commented the possibility that Russia can ask to return the same number of the Russian diplomats to Ukraine in the respond: ‘It is the simplest scenario that we can predict’. Also, she said that it is important to estimate such possibility. ‘Will the exchange be? I do not percept the possibility of the replacement of those or these diplomats in the number of the expelled’.
The politician claimed that Ukraine will cooperate with western partners in expulsion and admission of the Russian diplomats.
‘We will act in the cooperation with the partners. It will not be the separate step for Ukraine that will solve these issues in the bilateral regime with Russia. We joined the united actions of the West on the expulsion of so-called Russia’s diplomats, and spies in reality, and it is not a step separated from the international context – we will continue to act in the international context’, she added.
As for today, more than 20 countries of the world announced the expulsion of more than 150 workers of the Russian diplomatic missions in the response to the chemical attack in Salisbury. Ukraine also joined the sanctions and claimed the expulsion of 13 diplomats.
Russian Foreign Ministry presented protest notes to 23 ambassadors of states, which expelled Russian diplomats due to the poisoning of Skripal, ex-GRU officer. The Ministry presented protest notes to the Heads of the diplomatic mission in Australia, Albany, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia.