The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has declared the Russian Consul in Odessa an undesirable person to stay in the country. He must leave Ukraine by April 30.
As stated in Kiev, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expresses its strong protest in connection with the announcement on April 26 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation of an employee of the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow persona non grata.
“We completely exclude unfounded accusations that the Ukrainian diplomat declared persona non grata allegedly engaged in activities incompatible with diplomatic status. An employee of the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow did not commit any actions that would go beyond his diplomatic and consular functions, ”the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
They called Moscow’s decision “a continuation of the anti-Ukrainian campaign unfolded in Russia.”
“In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declares the Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Odessa an undesirable person 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 ministry said.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that an employee of the Ukrainian embassy was declared persona non grata “in connection with the unfriendly actions of the Ukrainian side.”
The department warned that additional measures could be taken against Kiev.