West disappoints Moscow by refusing to support UNSC resolution on Russian embassy attack in Kiev – Lavrov


The stance of Western colleagues in the UN Security Council regarding a resolution condemning the attack on the Russian embassy in Kiev does not add to the reputation of the European diplomatic school, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Western partners have assured me they condemn what happened. But when we submitted a relevant UN Security Council resolution, namely Western partners refused to support it. They attempted to tie it to the plane incident in southeast and other things, which have nothing to do with the main aspect – the immunity of diplomatic missions can not be conditioned with anything. We are very disappointed with this stance of Western colleagues. This does not add to the reputation of the European states’ diplomatic school,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper published on Monday.

“I got in touch with the Swiss president [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chairperson-in-office], got in touch with partners in Germany and France and we reached leadership of the US Department of State. We urged [Western partners] to use their influence on the Ukrainian authorities. While they [the Ukrainian authorities] did nothing. Special purpose forces were within walking distance from the embassy but did nothing. The interior minister arrived to the embassy and talked to the crowd but did not give an order to stop absolutely illegitimate actions violating all obligations of Ukraine under Vienna conventions,” Lavrov said.

“The main thing is that they [the Ukrainian authorities] do not treat the attack on the embassy as a pure accident of local young hooligans. What happened is a serious matter. According to the perceptions of our diplomats, the purpose of the attackers was to seize the embassy physically. Grounds exist to suppose that they sought blood,” the Russian minister said.

Disturbances near the Russian embassy began on June 14. Radicals, who gathered at the building, blocked the diplomatic mission, tore the Russian flag, crashed embassy vehicles, took out paving blocks and threw them at the building. Smoke barrels and firecrackers were used.

Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchytsya and Interior Minister Arseny Avakov came to the Russian embassy in Kiev. According to Ukrainian mass media reports, Deshchytsya cursed and insulted Russian President Vladimir Putin while speaking to the attackers.

Kiev police opened a case into “hooliganism” and arrested three men on Sunday following an attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev a day earlier. The information about the incident has been entered into the common register of pre-trial investigations on the basis of a criminal offence under Part 2 of Article 296 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code, law enforcement authorities stated.

“It has been established that, around 3 pm, during a rally outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kiev, a group of unidentified persons, acting from motives of hooliganism, violating public order, obviously showing disrespect for public morality and ignoring generally accepted rules of behavior, damaged seven cars parked near the building and, making use of eggs, brilliant green, cobblestones, and pieces of asphalt, damaged the facade of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and windows in it,” the statement said.

One of those arrested had a brown bottle with strong smelling liquid. A bottle with the same liquid has been taken from another detainee.

The authorities allege that the rally started as a peaceful event with about 30 people participating. “There was no evidence of violation of public order or aggressive behavior on the part of rally participants,” the statement.

However, later the gathering attracted hundreds of people and turned violent. Rally participants started throwing eggs, green paint, and firecrackers at the embassy and damaging embassy cars. Some of them tried to break into the building. The crowd also tore the Russian flag from the embassy.

The police did nothing to stop the crowd, according to local media outlets.

Some senior officials, including acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya, arrived at the site later.


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