The Russian ambassador says the travel ban imposed on Irish politicians is ‘unjustified and unjustified’

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The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has been told that it is not normal in a diplomatic situation to indulge in what is essentially propaganda.

Yuri Filatov met with Foreign Ministry officials today after Russia banned 52 politicians from entering the country.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says Ireland’s position on the move has been clarified.

“A message has been sent to him that this behavior by Russia is absolutely unacceptable. It is not the norm in a diplomatic situation to essentially engage in propaganda, a form of hybrid warfare,” he said. at the end of the meeting.

Speaking at the Sports Ireland National Indoor Arena in Dublin, Mr Martin said: ‘But the key point is the nature of the Russian Federation’s action in sanctioning the Taoiseach of Ireland, the Tanaiste and other ministers , this is classic misinformation.

“I think it’s designed to try to undermine Ireland’s good faith and the position we’ve taken in relation to the war, the position we’ve taken at European Union level, at the United Nations – where we did not fire our shots against the illegality and immorality of this war – and that is not to Russia’s liking.

At this afternoon’s meeting, the government underlined its strong objection to what it said was an ‘unjustified and unwarranted’ travel ban imposed on Irish citizens.

Ireland’s position regarding Russia’s unlawful aggression against Ukraine was reiterated to the Ambassador.

Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as its right to defend itself against this attack under Article 51 of the UN Charter, was also reiterated, according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Department received a copy of the list of 52 citizens banned from traveling to Russia. Those on the list will be notified but the list will not be published.

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, along with a number of other key officials and politicians, are among those sanctioned.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the action against the 52 digits was taken following Ireland’s support for EU sanctions against Russia.

Mr Simon Coveney would consult with his senior officials this evening and will provide further details to party leaders in due course.

– Additional reports by AP

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