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MOSCOW, March 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow urged Kiev to ensure the security of all Russian official missions in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, March 24, after an attempt by ultra nationalists to force their way into an office of the Russian Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation in the Ukrainian capital.
“On March 23, a group of persons who claimed to be the ‘11th Maidan hundred’ attempted to enter the building in Kiev rented by the Russian Federation for the work of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in the capital of Ukraine. These persons stated their wish to use the premises, the property and equipment belonging to the Russian Federation for setting up their headquarters there. They threatened the Ukrainian citizens who were present there and warned them against cooperation with Russia. They also stole the Centre’s car,” the ministry said.
“These persons left the Centre building and returned the stolen car after a while only after the interference, at the request of the Russian Embassy and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, by officials from the central staff of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry,” the ministry said.
The Russian Centre of Science and Culture has been operating in Kiev under the agreement between the governments of Russia and Ukraine signed in Moscow on February 27, 1998.
“The action became possible due to the loss by the new Ukrainian authorities of control over the situation and the creation of the atmosphere of legal nihilism and all-permissiveness in Ukraine,” the ministry said.
“We demand that the authorities in Kiev take effective measures to ensure the security and normal operation of all official missions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine,” the ministry said.