The Taoiseach told Dáil that Ireland would act only when deportation was possible Russian Ambassadors in collaboration with our European partners.
However, e acknowledged that there was “indignation and anger” towards envoy Yuri Filatov shortly after his public statements about Ukraine invasion.
But Michael Martin also mentioned six Irish staffers at our mission in Moscow to suggest that the Putin regime would use tit-for-tat measures.
Describing Mr. Putin as a “bully and thug”, Mr. Martin said no European country is currently proposing to exclude any Ambassador.
“Our view is that from a practical point of view, it is important when looking after our citizens, in Russia or in Ukraine, that we keep all channels open,” Taoiseach said.
“Currently, we have six individuals with a limited presence at the embassy in Moscow, and it is a basic function to take care of our citizens in Russia, while making our position clear and sticking to it. monitor what is happening in that jurisdiction,” Taoiseach said.
“So I’m very aware of that, while I fully understand the outrage and anger at the way the Russian Ambassador has spoken about this war,” Taoiseach said.
“However, I think we have to keep a cool head, keep our spirits up and always keep the fundamentals in front of us, in terms of taking care of our citizens.”
The United States has announced the expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats for conduct inconsistent with their status, colloquialism, for engaging in espionage.
Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy said Ireland had been slow to act against the Russians in the past.
“It has been known for a long time that the Russian Embassy in Dublin has been used as a base for espionage activities across Europe,” she said.
This was confirmed by the Government’s use of the law to block the proposal to expand the Russian Embassy for security reasons in 2020, she added.
Simon Coveney has suggested that among the Russian diplomats are some agents “who could be expelled in the coming days,” she said.
Taoiseach replied that united action is a mark to date on the European Union’s response to the crisis, while working with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
“Those countries are uniting to stand against what the Russian leadership is doing, and Ireland will act ‘in coordination’ with our fellow member states,” he said.
Mr. Martin also said that unprecedented sanctions were in effect, and that strain on the financial system “could lead to the flight of Russian banks”.
All entities in the State, he added, are obligated to comply with European Union sanctions, following Ms. Murphy’s proposal that secrecy rights would try to overtake them.
“Breaching financial sanctions is an offence. Accounts, funds or other assets must be frozen immediately,” said Martin.
He revealed that the Central Bank had carried out an initial assessment of the links between about 3,000 special purpose units (SPEs) based in Ireland.
Three have Russian sponsors, which means they were established on behalf of a Russian company, he said, and are subject to the first round of sanctions. Work is underway on other sanctions packages, he said.
“The total assets of these Special Purpose Organizations are about 36 billion euros, most of which consists of loans to Russian companies. Total Russian assets held as of December 31, 2021 is estimated at 11.4 billion euros, or 0.3 percent of total Irish fund assets of 3.8 trillion euros, he said.
Mr. Martin said there are also beneficial ownership registration requirements to enhance transparency and help combat money laundering.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/taoiseach-we-will-only-expel-russian-ambassador-when-our-eu-partners-remove-diplomats-41399447.html Taoiseach: We will only expel the Russian Ambassador when our EU partners remove diplomats