“We are outraged by the inhuman statements made by the Russian Permanent Representative and by his attempts to put into perspective what cannot be put into perspective. We stand for freedom of expression. But we are also free to take a firm stand against such inflammatory statements. Therefore, the Russian Permanent Representative Mikhail Ulyanov was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for Sunday,” eXXpress heard from the Foreign Ministry.
The situation is extremely delicate for Austria: Of course, the diplomat’s blabbering must be sharply condemned – but an expulsion would be a further provocation by Moscow, which could have far-reaching consequences in times of dramatic energy dependency.
The Russian diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov isn’t really understanding either, and you can’t expect an apology from him. He would have been annoyed by the latest news of another US arms package being delivered to Kyiv – and would have “of course not” called for genocide.
Mikhail Ulyanov also wrote on Twitter: “My critical observation of the policy of pumping weapons into Ukraine is interpreted as an incitement to genocide. The opponents are happy about the sneaky interpretation of my words. A big mistake on my part. I’ve forgotten who I’m dealing with. They are who they are.”