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Russia asks Irish taxpayers for embassy gate repair bill, also seeks official apology

RUSSIA is asking the Irish government for an official apology and “full compensation” for the damage caused to its embassy in yesterday’s truck crash, according to reports in Moscow.

he RussiaState news agency TASS reported that Ireland’s Ambassador to Moscow Brian McElduff was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Moscow today and strongly reprimanded.

In a later statement, the ministry claimed protesters outside their Irish base on Orwell Road in Dublin had “adopted tactics widely used by terrorists”.

Dublin’s Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted for comment.

This morning, a businessman was charged with criminal damage and dangerous driving after a lorry passed through the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin during an anti-war protest in London. Ukraine.

Church provider Desmond Wisley (49) appeared in court today after he was arrested for yesterday’s incident.

Judge Patricia McNamara granted him bail on the condition that he stay away from the embassy in Orwell Road, Rathmines and do not contact staff.

The defendants, from Tully, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, were charged with dangerous driving and criminal damage.

Gardaí said barriers have been erected outside the property.

The episode was condemned today by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar as “an act of foolishness and futile”. He said it would be misrepresented by Russian state television as “The Irish engaged in violent acts against the Russians”.

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Damage at the entrance to the Russian Embassy in Dublin.

“I want to say to anyone involved in the protests, protest. We want you to do it but protest peacefully. No violence, no criminal damage and of course Gardaí and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have contacted the Russian embassy and are reviewing security to make sure that something like his does not happen again, ‘ said Mr. Varadkar.

The Irish Independent is now aware of reports in Moscow about the meeting between the Ambassador and the officials.

They accused the gardaí of “no blatant action” to protect the embassy, ​​if deemed Russian land.

“We ask the Irish leadership for an official apology for what happened and full compensation for the damage caused. We also ask the Irish authorities to conduct a separate investigation. authorities and punish those responsible,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

They also invoked the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations while demanding better protection.

Protesters have gathered outside the embassy every day since the war in Ukraine began nearly two weeks ago. The Russian coat of arms at the entrance to the facility has been repeatedly painted red.

In a statement after the truck plowed through the gate, the Russian Embassy released a statement describing it as an “irresponsible criminal act against the peaceful diplomatic mission”.

A video circulating on social media shows a lorry plowing through a closed gate and stopping midway, before the driver stepped out.

In a video taken later by a witness at the scene, the truck driver holds up a photo of a family killed in Ukraine, photos of which he has given out to protesters. near.

“I’m just doing this to create a safe passage for the Russian ambassador to leave Ireland, go through Poland and then walk across Europe,” he said.

“I did it for this woman here and her children who were killed in Irpin. It really affected me last night, I’m doing it for them.

“So I want the ambassador and his colleagues to leave this free country.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to Ireland last week, Yuriy Filatov, told a Russian TV channel that Ireland is at the forefront of the European Union in staging anti-Russian events.

In an unusual interview that angered Russian residents in Ireland, Mr. Filatov listed a series of complaints against the treatment of Russians in Ireland with Russia-24, the home-owned Russian-language news channel. water, in an unusual interview.

At one point during a six-minute interview in Russian broadcast on state channels with millions of Russian viewers, the ambassador said that “it is probably difficult to talk about any relationship between Russia and Russia right now.” Ireland”. He added: “We mainly support one channel of communication with the Irish.”

The Court Appears

This morning, church supplier Desmond Wisley (49 years old) appeared in court after he was arrested for yesterday’s incident.

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Desmond Wisley, from Leitrim, left Tallaght Court this morning. Photo: Collins Courts

Judge Patricia McNamara granted him bail on the condition that he stay away from the embassy in Orwell Road, Rathmines and do not contact staff.

The defendants, from Tully, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, were charged with dangerous driving and criminal damage.

This morning, Garda Aishling Conroy told Tallaght District Court that the defendant did not respond when charged and warned at Rathfarnham garda station at 8:40 p.m. yesterday.

She said she had no objection to bail on conditions.

Judge McNamara asked Mr. Wisley if he had an attorney to represent him. “No, your honor,” he replied, and the judge told him he would have to tell the court whether he would agree to the bail conditions.

She also told the defendant that he could get free legal help depending on his financial situation.

The bail was placed in a 300€ bond of Mr. Wisley’s own, no cash deposit required. According to the conditions, he must stay away from Orwell Road, Dublin 14 and Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4. He must refrain from posting on social media anything related to the incident and not contact any employees. from the Russian Embassy, ​​directly or indirectly.

Mr. Wisley stood in the dock and agreed to all the terms of bail as they were read to him

The judge warned him that if he broke any of them, he could be arrested immediately and detained again.

Gda Conroy said DPP directions were awaited and requested to be postponed.

The judge released the defendant on bail to appear again on April 26.

Outside the court, Mr Wisley condemned “the atrocities being carried out by Putin in Ukraine,” and said he wanted to be able to talk about the war he “continues to put pressure on”.

Mr Wisley was arrested after the incident at around 1:20pm yesterday and was taken to Rathfarnham garda station.

Gardaí had cordoned off the scene at Orwell Road, and the van bearing the sign of Mr. Wisley’s church supply company remained back into the embassy driveway with the damaged gate visible behind. after.

It was then towed away.

Video shows the truck reversing through the closed gate and stopping midway, before the driver stepped out.

In video taken later by a witness at the scene, the driver holds up a photo of a family killed in Ukraine, copies of the photos he gave to nearby protesters.

Security fences were erected yesterday evening creating a buffer between the embassy and the protesters.

The Russian Embassy initially accused the government of violating international law by allowing the incident to happen, and claimed that Garda members were “remaining restless” when the incident happened.

However, in a subsequent statement, the embassy said: “Additional measures have been taken by Garda to ensure the safety and security of the embassy and its staff. The Embassy appreciates the cooperation of the Irish authorities in this matter”.

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