Slovenia: Russia to Compensate for Kharkiv Consulate it Destroyed

After a Russian missile destroyed the building housing the Slovenian consulate in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday the Russian Ambassador to Slovenia Timur Eyvazov, demanding an apology and financial compensation for the damage.

Slovenian consulate was hit during the Kharkiv’s Freedom Square shelling, during which an opera house, concert hall, and government offices were hit but nobody was injured in the attack since the consulate staff and the Honorary Consul Anatoly Bondarenko were not on premises during the shelling.

The Ministry told Ambassador Eyvazov that the destruction of civilian targets is a war crime and informed him that Slovenia plans to notify international organizations such as the UN, OSCE, CoE, and NATO of this inadmissible act.

According to the press statement issued by the Ministry, Slovenian State Secretary Gašper Dovžan handed over to Eyvazov the diplomatic note of protest of the Republic of Slovenia, requesting an apology and compensation for the damage suffered.

Speaking after the destruction of the consulate, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša said that Slovenia was examining the agreements signed with Russia and underscored that Ljubljana will terminate all agreements related to the defense, security, and political cooperation.

Slovenia will also back the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague Karim Khan’s investigation into the situation in Ukraine and will invite other EU member states to give their support.

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