The Russian consul in Odesa is sent from Ukraine
In response to the expulsion of an employee of the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared the consul general of the Russian Consulate General in Odesa a persona non grata. This was announced by Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko, informs UATV with reference to the press service of the department.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declares the Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Odesa undesirable to stay on the territory of Ukraine. He must leave the territory of Ukraine by the end of the day on April 30, 2021”, the statement said.
If the Russian side continues provocations against employees of diplomatic institutions of Ukraine in Russia, the Foreign Ministry “reserves the right to take further actions in response”, the department noted.
At the same time, the Foreign Ministry called the expulsion of the Ukrainian diplomat from the Russian Federation a continuation of the anti-Ukrainian campaign.
“We consider this step as a continuation of the anti-Ukrainian campaign in the Russian Federation and another manifestation of unfriendly actions against employees of diplomatic institutions of Ukraine”, the department noted.
Russia, on April 26, declared persona non grata an employee of the embassy in Moscow. He was advised to leave the country before the end of this month.
On April 16, Ukrainian Consul Oleksandr Sosonyuk was detained in St. Petersburg and was given 72 hours to leave the country. According to Russian security, he collected confidential data on Ukrainians with Russian citizenship or property in Russia. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denies this information and calls it a provocation by the Russian special services.