Consul of Ukraine Alexander Sosonyuk was detained by the Security Service (FSB) in St. Petersburg, APE-MPE reports, citing Interfax.
According to preliminary information, the diplomat was detained on Saturday when meeting with a Russian citizen, from whom he received information of a classified nature from the database of the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment on the situation. However, later, Yevgeny Yenin, deputy foreign minister, said that the department viewed the detention of Sosonyuk in St. Petersburg as hostile actions on the part of the Russian Federation and called them “another provocation.” He noted that Kiev is preparing retaliatory measures against Russian diplomats, RIA Novosti reports.
In a comment to UNN, the deputy head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said: “In accordance with existing practice and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Ukrainian side is preparing a response in relation to Russian diplomats.”