France summons Russian ambassador after ‘unacceptable’ cartoons posted on Twitter


The Russian Embassy has confirmed that “the question of the tweet published had been raised, among other points”, during the interview on Friday morning.

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A drawing shows Europeans on their knees licking Uncle Sam’s buttocks. Another represents the United States and the European Union injecting, with giant syringes, Covid-19, NATO, ” Russophobia” or “neo-Nazism” in a sick body representing Europe. For having published these two caricatures on his Twitter account, the Russian ambassador in Paris was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday March 25. This tweet, which appeared on Thursday, has since been removed.

“We strive to maintain a demanding channel of dialogue with Russia,” but these “actions are completely inappropriate”said the Quai d’Orsay. These posts are unacceptable. We made that clear today to the Russian Ambassador.”Alexei Mechkov, continued French diplomacy, in the midst of a crisis between Russia and the West around its offensive in Ukraine.

The Russian Embassy, ​​contacted by AFP, confirmed that “the question of the tweet published had been raised, among other points”, during the interview on Friday morning. The Russian ambassador has on his side “draw the attention of our French colleagues to the provocations and acts of vandalism against Russian diplomatic representations in France”she added.



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