The Russian Embassy in Kiev has sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demanding urgent measures to strengthen the security of the building and employees of the Russian Consulate General in Lviv against the background of the incident with a molotov cocktail thrown at the entrance.
An unknown person on Friday night threw a bottle of flammable liquid into the fence of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Lviv, Ukraine, as reported by the police of the region. Investigators have opened a criminal case under the article “Hooliganism”. At the moment, a pre-trial investigation is underway.
Russia’s statement stresses that “this dangerous incident on the part of the Ukrainian authorities” is a direct violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, as well as the Consular Convention between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
“It is obvious that such a blatant and unacceptable action was the result of the escalation of Russophobic hysteria in Ukraine, inciting hatred and enmity towards the Russian Federation,” the Russian diplomatic department stressed.
The Charge d’affaires of Ukraine in Moscow was also summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry after the terrorist act in Lviv and was strongly protested in connection with the incident.
“We also expect apologies for Kiev’s failure to fulfil its obligations to ensure proper security of the Russian consular institution,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.