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29 Jul, 2009 17:48

New chapter of Russia-Ukraine diplomatic war opened

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has asked Ukraine to recall its Consul General in St Petersburg and one of the councillors in the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow, after Ukraine terminated the posts of two Russian diplomats.

Kiev later put on hold its demand for Russia’s Consul General in Odessa to leave the country, but the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the move saying that “although the Ukrainian side has suspended the decision with respect to the Russian Consul General, the Russian side considers official Kiev’s action as downright anti-Russian and detrimental to the development of relations between Russia and Ukraine.”

“Such provocative actions by the Ukrainian side in respect of the aforementioned Russian diplomats cannot be left without response,” the Ministry added.

The decision of Russia to expel the Ukrainian Consul General in St Petersburg will also be suspended on the basis of reciprocity.