The permanent representative of Russia to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulianov, caused outrage with a Twitter entry in which he commented on the news of the new US military aid for Ukraine with the comment “No pity for the Ukrainians!”. The Ukrainian authorities saw this as a call to genocide, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a communiqué and summoned a Russian diplomat.
“We are outraged by the inhumane statements of the Permanent Representative Russia and his attempts to relativize what cannot be relativized “- the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Saturday, referring to the entry by Mikhail Ulianov. The press agency APA quotes the statement of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A diplomat summoned to the headquarters of the ministry
A spokeswoman for the ministry stressed that the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in favor of freedom of speech, but also has the right to “take a firm stance against such inflammatory statements”. She informed that the permanent representative of Russia to international organizations in Vienna was summoned to appear at the headquarters of the ministry on Sunday.
Earlier on Saturday, the president’s adviser Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Mykhailo Podolak wrote on Twitter that “the Russian ambassador in Austria Ulianov speaks of the need for a final solution to the Ukrainian question. “At the same time, he expressed his regret with voices appearing in Europe that” not all Russians are Putin “or suggestions that Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. It’s time to understand that Russia is a fascist power structure with millions of people, wrote Podolak.
First he wrote, then he deleted it
The chairman of the Supreme Council (parliament) of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, also called on Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen to “immediately deport” the Russian diplomat.
In his tweet, Ulianov, commenting on the Ukrainian President’s thanks to the United States for the new military aid package, wrote: “No pity for the Ukrainian people!” . He later deleted the entry and argued that it had been misunderstood. “I mean USA and the weapons they provide, and the president of Ukraine, who literally yesterday announced that he was rejecting any peace talks. There is no pity on their part for the Ukrainian people. That’s what I meant, “he wrote.
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