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Archive for October 6, 2018

Newsline: Russian diplomat warns US against fueling tensions between nuclear states

Moscow warns Washington that intentionally worsening the situation in relations between the nuclear states is a slippery slope, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said. “We are watching with regret US authorities’ continuous attempts to mar the atmosphere of Russian-American relations with new portions of unfounded accusations against Russia, that some other NATO countries hasten to repeat at Washington’s command,” the diplomat said. “Canada and those European countries that are loyally servicing American claims to global hegemony should also think about this,” he added. By accusing Russia of cyberattacks, Washington is trying to save the myth of Russia’s US election meddling and create more pretexts for anti-Russian sanctions, Sergei Ryabkov said.



Newsline: Hungary Expels Ukrainian Consul in Tit-For-Tat Retaliation

Hungary is expelling a Ukrainian consul in retaliation against Ukraine’s expulsion of a Hungarian consul, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced. Earlier, Ukraine’s foreign ministry declared a Hungarian consul serving in Beregszász (Berehove) persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours. Hungary and Ukraine have been locked in a diplomatic row over dual citizenship ever since hidden camera footage showing the Hungarian consul conducting a Hungarian naturalisation ceremony for Ukrainian citizens at the consulate appeared online. Szijjártó stressed that Hungary will continue to block Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO and the EU. He told a press conference that the foreign ministry had summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary and told her that a consul working at the embassy would have to leave Hungary within 72 hours.