Diplomatic Row Between Russia and Australia Heats Up

Diplomatic Row Between Russia and Australia Heats Up

Russia’s ambassador in Canberra has slammed the Albanese government for not condemning the Moscow Crocus terror attack.

“The Australian government did not consider it necessary to publicly condemn the barbaric terrorist act and express condolences to the victims”, the Russian Ambassador in Canberra Dr Alexey Pavlovsky declared on March 24.

Meanwhile in Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Australia’s charge d’affaires in Moscow, Jeremy Guthrie to express a demarche against the Australian embassy’s interference into Russia’s Presidential elections.

“On March 22, the Charge d’Affaires of Australia in Russia, J. Guthrie, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Russian Government issued a strong protest in connection with the posting of a message on Telegram by the Australian Embassy in Moscow,

Foreign Minister Penny Wong:
“Russia’s presidential elections were not free, fair, inclusive or credible. Their result is an insult to democracy.

The absence of real candidates and the suppression of dissent, including the death of Alexei Navalny, have deprived Russians of any real choice.

We condemn the fictitious vote conducted by Russia on the territory of Ukraine, which has no legitimacy from the point of view of international law.

We support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and all those who fight for democracy and human rights in.”

Which, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, contains “deliberately false information about the Russian presidential elections and casts doubt on territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.