Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the expulsion of 13 Ukrainian diplomats from the Russian Federation
On March 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation announced that 13 Ukrainian diplomats would have to leave the country.
This is a predictable move by the Kremlin, which has long been openly giving a demonstration to the rest of the world of violations of the norms of international law, considers it possible to conduct aggressive undeclared wars, interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states, encroach on the rights and freedoms of citizens, including their inalienable right to life.
We would like to recall that Ukraine has recently expelled 13 Russian diplomats who carried out activities in Ukraine incompatible with their diplomatic status.
It was a gesture of solidarity with our partners in response to sound suspicions concerning Russia’s culpability for committing a gross violation of international law and the non-proliferation regime: the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians in peacetime. It should be emphasized that this was the first impertinent case of the use of chemical weapons in Europe since the Second World War.
Salisbury's tragedy is an extension of Moscow's aggressive policy aimed at violating the sovereignty of foreign states and undermining the international law-based order. Russia’s actions indicate that its leadership continues to live in an erratic world of illusions and stubbornly keeps the course towards self-isolation from the civilized world.
We are convinced of the effectiveness of international solidarity in response to the constant provocations and violations by Russia made on the international scene and call upon our foreign partners to continue coordinated pressure as practical steps that will limit the Kremlin's ability to continue aggressive actions.
Ukraine is undertaking and will continue to undertake all measures required to counteract and prevent the permanent interference and subversive actions by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which includes declaring personae non grata individuals suspected of being involved in such unlawful acts.