Russian Embassy makes plea for help as it faces fuel shortages

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said, while he does not have sympathy for the situation, there are rules for hosting international diplomats.
Russian Embassy makes plea for help as it faces fuel shortages

By Rebecca Black and Cate McCurry, PA

There has been a cry for help from the Russian Embassy in Ireland as it faces a fuel shortage.

Diplomats have complained that Irish oil companies have refused to deliver supplies to their Dublin property due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The embassy has become the focal point for Irish anger over the war raged by Vladimir Putin.

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Police outside the Russian embassy in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

The Irish Daily Mirror reported that the embassy has written a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney’s department about the issue.

They have urged the Government to intervene in what they have termed as a “clearly discriminatory case”.

Asked about the matter on Tuesday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that, while he does not have sympathy for the Russian Embassy, there are rules in which Ireland must follow when hosting international diplomats.

“There are particular rules under the Vienna Conventions as to how we’re supposed to treat diplomats and diplomatic commissions in our country, so I think they have to be followed,” the Tánaiste said.

“I actually didn’t have the chance to read that article, so I don’t know the details.”

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Damien Storan/PA)

The embassy has been the scene of demonstrations by those opposed to the invasion of Ukraine.

Since the invasion began, protests have been staged across the city and the country as both Irish people and Ukrainians living in Ireland gathered to express outcry at the war.

The Government has also face repeated calls to expel the Russian Ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov.

Last month a man was charged with criminal damage and dangerous driving after his lorry rammed the embassy gates on Orwell Road in the south of the city.

On Tuesday evening the embassy had not confirmed whether it had managed to secure fuel supply.

Ireland's dismissal of four Russian diplomats looks "paltry" compared to the response of other European Union states, according to a TD who has called for all diplomats at the Russian embassy to be expelled.

Neale Richmond told BreakingNews.ie: "Over the last 48 hours we've seen 150 Russian diplomats expelled from a range of EU member states including the Russian ambassador to Lithuania."

The Fine Gael TD added: "When I first raised the idea of the Russian ambassador [to Ireland] being expelled a number of weeks ago with the Tánaiste, they said they very much want to see this happening on an EU basis, and whilst it's very welcome we've expelled four diplomats so far it's beginning to look quite paltry compared to the response of other EU member states, and we need to act in this regard."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to address the two houses of the Oireachtas on Wednesday.

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