Ambassador Yakovenko has accused London of strangling the Russian diplomatic mission :: Policy :: RBC

British authorities block the renewal of the Russian diplomatic mission, said the Ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko. According to him, the British foreign office deliberately delaying the timing of the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats

Alexander Yakovenko

Russia’s Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko has accused the authorities of deliberately creating difficulties for Russian diplomats in order to obstruct the renewal of the composition of the diplomatic mission. About this Yakovenko said in an interview with TV channel “Russia 24”.

“Diplomats can’t get a British visa, the average waiting period for a year and a half. This is not normal, this is not in any country in the world. The British government just blocks the update of part of a diplomatic mission”, — he said (quoted by TASS).

According to him, the Russian diplomatic mission in the UK “asphyxiating, because people are sent — some people just naturally completes its mission”. Diplomats “cannot work forever,” added Yakovenko, “and these people couldn’t be replaced”.

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He cited the example of an employee who was in charge of the press group and left without replacement.

“This is a deliberate policy, which are the current British government”, — concluded the diplomat.

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain escalated after March in Salisbury was poisoned by a former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia. Official London said Skripal had been poisoned fighting nervously-paralytic substance of Russian origin. Moscow denied all charges.

Britain in response sent Mar 14 23 Russian diplomats, Russia said the expulsion of British diplomats in the same amount. However, late March 18 of the 28 EU countries have announced the expulsion of employees of the Russian diplomatic missions, they were supported by USA, Canada, Australia, Ukraine and some other countries. Just was sent more than 150 Russian diplomats.

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