Russian security services easily detain Ukrainian diplomats

Moscow-Russia’s FSB security services have temporarily detained Ukrainian diplomats in St. Petersburg, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday in a recent renewed tension between neighboring countries.

Interfax reported earlier that the FSB had stated that Oleksandr Sosoniuk was detained when attempting to obtain sensitive information from Russian law enforcement databases during a meeting with Russian citizens.

“This activity is incompatible with the status of diplomats and is hostile to the Russian Federation. Diplomats will be treated in accordance with international law,” he said.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sosoniuk had been held for several hours but is now back at the Consulate in St. Petersburg.

Tensions between Moscow and Kiev are rising as Russian troops rally along the border and clash between troops and pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged peace talks on Friday.

“The Ukrainian side will soon decide how to respond to this provocation, given current practices,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said of Sosoniuk’s detention.

Polina David in Moscow and Natalia Zinets in Kiev