28 Sep 2018 14:48

Foreign Ministry summons Ukrainian diplomat over attack on Russian trade mission in Kyiv

MOSCOW. Sept 28 (Interfax) - A note of protest has been handed over to the minister counsellor of the Ukrainian embassy to Russia following nationalists' attack on the Russian trade mission in Kyiv, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The minister counsellor of the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow was summoned to Russia's Foreign Ministry on September 28 in connection with this provocation. He was given a note of protest," the ministry said in a statement published on its website on Friday.

On September 27, members of radical nationalist groups threw smoke grenades into the premises of the Russian trade mission in Kyiv, wrote insults on its fence, and caused serious damage to Russian diplomats' cars parked nearby, the ministry said. No Russian diplomats were hurt.

"It is especially cynical that the attack was staged with the absolute connivance of representatives of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, who were silently watching the radicals' outrageous actions from a distance," the ministry said.

"We expect the Ukrainian authorities to publicly condemn this heinous incident. We call on international structures and Western patrons of Kyiv to give an appropriate assessment of the legal bacchanalia unleashed around Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine's territory," it said.