The post on Twitter of the Russian Permanent Representative Mikhail Ulyanov about Ukraine has caused accusations from the side of Kyiv of incitement to genocide. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called on Vienna to expel the Russian diplomat from Austria.
Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, was summoned to the Austrian Foreign Ministry on Sunday, August 21, in connection with a scandalous statement he made on Twitter. “We are for freedom of speech. But we are also entitled to take a firm stand against this kind of inflammatory statements,” the Austrian foreign ministry pointed out on Twitter on Saturday, August 20. “We are outraged by the inhumane statements of the Russian ambassador,” the Austrian Foreign Ministry added.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry’s reaction to the scandalous tweet
A Russian diplomat a few hours earlier published a short tweet in English on the microblogging network: “No mercy for Ukrainians.” After a while, the message was deleted.
In turn, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko called on diplomats in Vienna to boycott Ulyanov, and the Austrian authorities – to expel him from the country. “The Russian representative Mikhail Ulyanov calls for the elimination of the Ukrainian nation. This language of genocide should not be tolerated. We call on the entire diplomatic community in Vienna to boycott Ulyanov and the host country, Austria, to declare him persona non grata,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman wrote on Twitter.