Russian Ambassador summoned to Department of Foreign Affairs

The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has been summoned to attend the Department of Foreign Affairs today.

Minister Simon Coveney made the call yesterday after it emerged Russia had issued a travel ban against 52 Irish politicians, including the Taoiseach and Tanaiste.

The full list of names hasn’t been published, but Ambassador Yuri Filatov will be questioned about it by the Secretary General of the Department at Iveagh House.

Moscow claims Ireland is trying to isolate the Kremlin by supporting EU sanctions.

But Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN Fergal Mythen says “Ireland will not apologise for being on the side of international law”.

“The most vulnerable in Ukrainian society,  the eternally displaced children and the elderly face a particularly precarious future.

“Women, already disproportionately impacted by the war, are being put in unsafe and precarious situations.”

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