The detention of the diplomat on Friday, comes at a time of struggle fears over a potential repeat of Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Russia claimed the diplomat had been detained after being caught “red-handed” attempting to acquire “labeled” data.
In response, Ukraine condemned “the unlawful” detention of its diplomat and returned the provocation by saying Kiev would expel a senior Russian diplomat.
Russia’s Federal Safety Service (FSB) stated: “A Ukrainian diplomat, a consul of Ukraine’s Consulate Basic in Saint Petersburg, Alexander Sosonyuk, has been detained by Russia’s FSB”
They added that the diplomat was detained on Friday and has spent a number of hours in detention.
Russia’s international ministry stated on Saturday that Ukraine’s cost d’affaires, Vasyl Pokotylo had been summoned and that the detained diplomat had 72 hours to depart the nation “starting April 19”.
They added: “The Russian facet pointed to the inadmissibility of such type of exercise.”
Russian intelligence stated Mr Sosonyuk was caught attempting to solicit delicate data throughout a gathering with a Russian nationwide.
“Such exercise isn’t appropriate together with his diplomatic standing and is clearly hostile in nature in the direction of the Russian Federation,” the FSB stated.
“In conformity with worldwide regulation, measures will likely be taken towards the international diplomat.”
This newest breakdown of diplomatic relations with Russia comes after the US introduced sanctions on Thursday.
The White Home pointed to the Kremlin’s interference with the US election and a latest cyber assault, prompting the US authorities to order the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats in retaliation.
In response, Russia stated on Friday that US diplomats would likewise be expelled.