The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has received from the Russian party an official document containing a decision to expel two Ukrainian diplomats from Russia, acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Kostenko reported.

"We have already received official information that Russia's MFA State Secretary Grigoriy Karasin said yesterday evening during a meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador to Russia Kostiantyn Hryshchenko that in view of this situation [Ukraine's decision to expel two Russian diplomats - ed.] they will do the same," he said adding that this information is being now analyzed by Ukrainian diplomats.

According to Kostenko, the Ukrainian party, when making the decision to expel Russian diplomats, was acting solely in frames of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

"This is a major thing for us. The most important for us is that our relations be transparent, understandable and mutually beneficial," the Ukrainian diplomat stressed.

"It is impossible to combine the activity of a professional diplomat with other, for example, trespassing on domestic affairs," Kostenko noted.

At the same time, he said that the Ukrainian ministry had not received from the Russian party any information about particular accusations against Ukrainian diplomats who are being expelled from Russia.

On July 29, the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that in view of the acts of the Ukrainian party regarding Russian diplomats, a decision was taken to early wrap up the mission of the Consular General of Ukraine to Saint Petersburg and one of the advisers of the Ukrainian Embassy in Russia.

As far as the Ukrainian party 'suspended' the decision regarding the Russian Consular, a move of the Russian party regarding the Ukrainian Consular to Saint Petersburg will be suspended as well taking the principle of mutuality into account.

The Ukrainian media earlier reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine had recalled accreditation of a Russian diplomat working at the Russian Embassy in Ukraine, who was in charge of the activity of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Counselor of the Embassy Vladimir Lysenko had confirmed that he leaves Kyiv but failed to specify the reasons for his departure.

Another report had appeared later that Kyiv expels one more Russian diplomat, Russian Consular General to Odesa Aleksandr Grachev.
Source: UkrInform

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