Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:19

Moscow is concerned about several Ukrainian radical nationalist organisations’ plans to hamper voting in the Russian presidential election on March 18, 2018, at Russian diplomatic and consular institutions in Ukraine.

Apart from a gross violation of Ukraine’s obligations under the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations, such threats are a direct consequence of the Russophobic policy pursued by the Kiev regime, rooted in flagrant nationalism and connivance of extremist groups of various kinds.

We demand that the authorities of Ukraine unconditionally ensure the security of the Russian Embassy in Kiev, the Russian General Consulates in Kharkov, Odessa and Lvov, and see that there are no obstacles to their unimpeded functioning and full availability to Russian nationals.

We urge international organisations and groups interested in the civilised and peaceful development of the situation in Ukraine to exert a proper influence on Kiev and guard it against inadequate actions that are contrary to universally recognised norms and rules.

The Ukrainian authorities will be fully responsible for any negative consequences of unlawful actions against Russian missions.

The Russian side will closely monitor developments around its diplomatic institutions and Russian nationals during the elections.

We expect Kiev to make every effort to ensure the timely prevention of any possible provocations.

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