Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Russian embassy in Dublin on Friday to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Recordings posted online show how protesters surrounded the car carrying the Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yuri Filatov, He was prevented from entering the diplomatic mission headquarters.

The presence of a limousine with Russian diplomats caused an increase in protests among the crowd, some They threw themselves on the hood of a car bearing the Ukrainian flag.

During protests in Dublin on Thursday, the coat of arms of the Russian Federation at the embassy gate was covered in red paint. The perpetrator was arrested.

Russian Ambassador to Ireland: ‘I can leave at any time’

“You can ask your government, it’s up to them. I can leave at any time,” Filatov was quoted by the Belfast Telegraph as saying on Friday in an interview with Ireland’s RTE News.

“I think it would be appropriate for us to limit the Russian diplomatic presence in Ireland, but the details of that decision should be left to the Foreign Secretary (Simon Coveney), and A solution must be found throughout the European UnionLeo Varadkar, Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has been accepted.

In Ireland about sanctions against Russia

“It is clear that tougher sanctions against Russia are needed. The situation has now reached a point where this must include the expulsion of the Russian ambassador to Ireland,” wrote Marie Lou MacDonald, president of Sinn Féin.

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“Our solidarity with Ukraine should take the form of tougher sanctions against President Putin’s regime. We need sanctions that could end Russian aggression against Ukraine and force the complete withdrawal of the Russian armed forces,” MacDonald stressed. Expressed concern about the flow of Russian money through the Dublin Financial Center to Russia, Which has been voiced several times in the Irish Parliament in recent days.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, RTE News, Twitter