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Moscow says two guards at Russia’s embassy in Kyiv, who were detained by Ukrainian authorities on weapons charges, have been released and returned to Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the release on August 30, saying it followed negotiations with Ukrainian authorities. The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier that the embassy workers were detained on August 28 on suspicion of carrying grenades as they were leaving a cafe in Kyiv. It said the employees, including the personal bodyguard of the Russian ambassador to Ukraine, were held despite the fact they carry diplomatic passports. Moscow had called the incident a “provocation” and demanded the release of the employees. There has been no official statement regarding the reported incident by Ukrainian officials.
Facts have emerged on how a Nigerian diplomat infected a medical doctor with the deadly Ebola Virus just as health authorities announced that it had been effectively controlled in Lagos. Street Journal gathered that the diplomat had primary contact with Patrick Sawyer, the index case of the disease and after showing symptoms, he reportedly evaded health workers in Lagos and moved to Port Harcourt where he engaged the service of Dr. I. S. Enemuo of Sam Steel Clinic, East West Road, Rumuokoro who treated him secretly. Street Journal gathered that the diplomat, on being stabilized, flew back to Lagos. Findings also revealed that after he concluded the diplomat’s treatment, Dr. Enemuo was presenting ebola symptoms. He died on Friday. Meanwhile, the diplomat was said to have submitted himself for medical checks in order to he cleared to travel out of the country.
Broken diplomatic relations between Liberia and Saudi Arabia were restored, a diplomatic communication addressed to the Liberian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal said. In that letter, the Saudi Arabian authorities warned Liberia that the reopening of its embassy in Riyadh was subject to the Liberian Government’s commitment to address abuses in the past. The Saudi authorities specified in warning Liberia that “breach of the rules by diplomats or members of the Diplomatic Mission” will not be tolerated.
In a sign of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday accused Kiev of targeting its diplomats by detaining embassy employees. Calling on Ukrainian authorities to “stop provocations against Russian diplomatic institutions in Ukraine and against Russian diplomats,” the ministry said in an online statement that an unspecified number of embassy personnel had been detained on Thursday. “Kiev has committed the latest outrageous act against security personnel of the Russian Embassy, including the ambassador’s personal security guard. Despite presenting their diplomatic passports, they were detained upon exiting a cafe under a false pretext: they supposedly were in possession of grenades,” the statement read. The ministry called on authorities in Kiev to immediately release the embassy’s employees and to cease such “violations of international conventions on diplomatic immunity.” Kiev has not commented on the incident.
A diplomat representing the Korean government has been officially dispatched to Palestine. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 28, Park Woong-cheol, the newly appointed representative to the State of Palestine, began working around the clock at the office in Ramallah, the de facto administrative capital, from the 25th with one local employee. Although the Korean government opened a representative office in Palestine in 2005, there was no full-time diplomat and instead a counselor at the Korean Embassy in Israel crossed the border twice a week to perform the necessary work. The main reason the government assigned a full-time diplomat in Palestine separate from Israel has to do with the fact that it is aware of the increasing importance of the Arab World to Korea in terms of trade opportunities other than energy. The government recently offered to donate US$1 million to the Palestine government to help rebuild the Gaza Strip that was severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes.
Estonian embassy has been opened in Baku, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry reported. Charge d’Affaires of Estonia to Azerbaijan, Jaap Ora held a meeting at the ministry on August 29, the ministry said. During the meeting, Ora informed the Azerbaijani side on the embassy’s opening. Earlier, Estonia was represented in Azerbaijan through its embassy in Turkey. Azerbaijan has an embassy in Tallinn. Over 2,500 Azerbaijanis live in Estonia.
Arlington County police have turned over the case of a teen girl given a “significant head injury” by her diplomat father to the State Department. The girl was injured Monday night at the family’s home in the 4000 block of 27th Road North in Arlington. Police say the girl was struck by her father, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, who enjoys diplomatic immunity. He’s identified as Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue. “Following a verbal dispute among a father and daughter, the father picked up a wooden chair leg and struck her several times causing a pretty large laceration to the back of her head and a swollen eye,” says Dustin Sternbeck, spokesman for Arlington County Police. Sternbeck says police responded to the ambassador’s residence around 9:30 Monday night and determined that “a malicious wounding had occurred.” The girl was taken to Virginia Hospital Center with what Sternbeck describes as “non-life threatening” but a “pretty significant head injury.” Ambassador Nsue was questioned but not taken into custody. “Arlington County Police Department did not arrest or charge the subject involved in this case as he is an ambassador and has full diplomatic immunity, therefore Arlington County Police Department does not have jurisdiction,” Sternbeck says. Instead, police notified the State Department. “The State Department is deeply concerned by the alleged assault,” says a State Department spokesperson, who asks not to be named. According to the webpage of the Equatorial Guinea Embassy, Ambassador Nsue presented his credentials to President Obama in September 2013. He is a former Minister of Justice and Religion in Equatorial Guinea.