The remark was made in a social media post, then deleted by a Ukrainian consul in Montenegro
Moscow on Thursday raised concerns about the security of its diplomatic mission in Montenegro after a Ukrainian consul posted and then deleted a message under a hashtag calling for the destruction of Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has officially asked the Balkan country to strengthen the protection of the Russian Embassy building in Podgorica, fearing possible “provocations… organized by the Embassy of Ukraineduring a pro-Kiev march scheduled for Saturday.
The call came after Mykhailo Shmatov, the Ukrainian consul in Podgorica, announced the march on Facebook under the hashtag “Russia must be destroyed” spelled in Ukrainian, and the same phrase in Montenegrin. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on social media that the hashtag testified to “who actually harbors aggressive plans.”
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Shmatov then changed the hashtag to “The Ukrainians will resist.” He responded to Zakharova’s comments by adding: “Recognition of your activities by the enemy is priceless. To be continued.”
NATO member states have accused Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine since late last year. Western media reports have recently claimed that Moscow could attack its neighbor as early as this week. Russia, meanwhile, has always denied any intention to attack Ukraine in any way.
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