Russia Demands to Expel Ukrainian Ambassador from Kazakhstan

Tuesday, 4 October 2022

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia summoned Kazakhstan ambassador, Yermek Kosherbayev, protesting over the non-expulsion of Ukrainian ambassador Petro Vrublevsky, who had previously outraged Moscow with his statements about the "killing of Russians" in Ukraine.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, claims that after the incident with Vrublevsky, Astana promised Moscow that the Ukrainian diplomat would "irreversibly leave Kazakhstan as soon as possible." 

"Unfortunately, the assurances that this Bandera emissary will "never return" to Astana have not been fulfilled. This character has again shown up in the capital of Kazakhstan, and clearly not to "just pack up and take his family." He attends diplomatic receptions as the head of the diplomatic mission, without hiding from anyone," Zakharova outraged.

She expressed hope that Kazakhstan "will not follow the lead of the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv and will take measures for the speedy final expulsion of this odious nationalist."

In late August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan summoned the ambassador of Ukraine and protested because of his remarks about Russians.

The ambassador Dmytro Vrublevsky said in an interview with Kazakh blogger Dias Kuzairov on August 21: "We are trying to kill as many of them as possible. The more we kill Russians now, the fewer our children will have to kill."

The video became viral in the Kremlin media and social networks. Pro-Russian organizations in Kazakhstan even demanded the ambassador be declared persona non grata.

Currently, the interview with the ambassador on Kuzairov's Youtube channel does not contain this phrase. He probably uploaded the shortened version after the scandal.

The Ukrainian Ambassador to Kazakhstan apologized for his words about Russians on September 5. Later it became known that the Ukrainian ambassador went for a short vacation, which the Russian mass media called a "deportation."

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