Ukraine recalls its ambassadors – RT Russia and the former USSR

Kyiv’s representatives in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia have been ordered to leave their posts

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has summoned his diplomats to Kyiv for immediate talks on Kyrgyzstan’s and Georgia’s responses to Russia’s attack on the Eastern European nation.

Speaking in a video address on Tuesday, Zelensky announced the steps he is taking regarding the two former Soviet republics.

“Our diplomats are currently implementing just and badly needed decisions regarding countries that have betrayed their word and international law,“, explained the Ukrainian leader.

He added that Kyiv “, immediately remembers the ambassador of Kyrgyzstan… for [Bishkek’s officials] justifying aggression against Ukraine. Meanwhile, Zelensky made a similar request to Georgia’s representative after the Tbilisi government reportedly “creates obstacles for volunteers who want to help us, [and] for the immoral stance on sanctions.

The move comes after Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov apparently expressed support for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin’s military offensive in Ukraine. According to a February 26 Kremlin statement, the leader of Bishkek acknowledged “Kiev’s responsibility for its non-compliance with the Minsk agreements and expressed its support for the decisive actions taken by the Russian side to protect civilians in the Donbass.”

However, the version of events provided by the Kyrgyz presidential administration does not mention Japarov’s assertive remarks, and only notes that the two leaders discussed the “current situation around Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told reporters the day before that Tbilisi “does not consider participating in financial and economic sanctions, as this will only further harm our country and the people.”

Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine last Thursday just hours after leaders of the breakaway People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in what they said was a sharp rise in “aggression” Ukrainian Armed Forces.

A number of Western nations have hit Moscow with sanctions in response to its assault on its neighbor. Following the attack, US President Joe Biden revealed a wave of punitive measures designed to prevent Russia from doing business in major currencies, as well as punitive measures against banks and state-owned companies.

On the same day, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned what she described as “barbaric” military action and pledged to “present a set of massive and targeted sanctions”.


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