“The work of Ukrainian diplomats in Russia, in fact, in the territory of state-aggressor is full of many challenges. People work in terms of step-up pressure, permanent threat of provocations. Meanwhile, the Russian side neglects its commitments within the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, particularly in the provision of safety of the foreign diplomatic corps,” Nikolenko said.
He underlined that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine highly appreciates the work of Oleksandr Sosonyuk and all employees of the Ukrainian diplomatic establishments in Russia.
“After the vacation, the consul will return to the foreign department and he will continue to protect the national interests of our state,” Nikolenko said.
On April 17, the FSB of Russia reported the arrest of the Ukrainian consul Oleksandr Sosonyuk. The diplomat was allegedly detained while receiving information of a classified nature during a meeting with a citizen of the Russian Federation.
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine stated to prepare a response based on the principle of reciprocity in connection with the detention of the Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg.
Later, it was reported that Ukraine expels a senior diplomat from the Russian embassy in Kyiv. He must leave Ukrainian territory within 72 hours starting from April 19.