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Ireland’s Foreign Ministry responds to deteriorating relations after Russian Ambassador’s TV interview

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Ireland’s Foreign Office has said Russia’s invasion is a “gross violation of international law” – but they want to maintain friendship with the Russian people.

It was in response to the Russian ambassador’s statement on Russian television about the deterioration in relations.

In a six-minute interview with a TV news program in Russia, Ambassador Yury Filatov complained about protests at his embassy and claimed that the Irish took sides without analysis.

Mr Filatov told Russia-24 Channel – one of the country’s largest state broadcasters – that Ireland is at the forefront of the European Union in staging anti-Russian events.

But a State Department spokesman responded last night, saying: “Ireland is at the forefront of the United Nations effort to end this conflict and hold Russia accountable.

“Russia’s invasion is a gross violation of international law and the UN Charter and unanimous bipartisan Dáil motion could not have made this clearer.”

The ministry statement went on to say that Ireland has backed EU sanctions, which are the most sweeping ever enacted, in response to the situation.

The statement added: “This week we banned major Russian banks from SWIFT and banned Russian media from spreading disinformation in the EU.

“The EU has responded as it promised: with unity, firmness and determination.

“The effectiveness of these sanctions is evident and discussions about further action are ongoing.

“The adoption of a strong UN General Assembly resolution, supported by an overwhelming majority (141) of UN member states, is also a strong global rejection of Russian aggression against a sovereign state.”

But the ministry spokesman said they would like to keep diplomatic channels open between the two countries and maintain friendship with the people of Russia.

“In terms of bilateral relations, it currently makes sense to keep diplomatic channels open with Russia, not least to protect our interests and our citizens.

“We also wish to maintain friendship with the people of Russia, many of whom deeply disagree with President Putin’s aggressive and illegal actions in Ukraine.

“Like all other measures we have deployed, we coordinate closely with EU partners to ensure decisions have a meaningful impact.”

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