Russian embassy staff in the Republic of Ireland have condemned what they called a “senseless and barbaric attack” after a lorry drove into the gates of their embassy in Dublin – pushing the irony meter to a record high.
The gates were smashed by the Desmond Wisley Ecclesiastical Supplies van, a vehicle driven by Mr Wisley himself.
The Irish Times reported that he told onlookers: “I’ve done my bit, lads. It’s about time the rest of Ireland done their bit.”
Russian embassy response
A statement put out by the Russian embassy read: “On March 7, 2022, 13:30pm, a large truck came over to the gates of the embassy, pulled back and torn down the gates of the embassy. The incident took place in the presence of Garda officers, who stood idle.
“The embassy strongly condemns this criminal act of insanity directed against peaceful diplomatic mission [sic]. The Embassy views this incident as a clear and blatant violation of the Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations of 1961.”
It goes on: “The embassy is in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, demanding that the Irish authorities take comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of it’s staff and their family members.
“The incident is cause of extreme concern. We believe that no people of sound mind could support such senseless and barbaric actions.”
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