Militant diplomacy: Luhansk militants fail to open ‘representative center' in Austria

13:00 Sep. 22, 2016

Luhansk militants fail to open ‘representative center' in Austria

A militant-organized parade in Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine, May 12, 2016 (GettyImages Photo)

According to reports, nobody agreed to represent the militants, RFE/RL informs.  

The militants, who control Luhansk, failed to open a ‘representative center' in Austrian Vienna, after they couldn't find anybody who'd agree to represent them in the city, RFE/RL Ukraine (Radio Svoboda) reports.

Read also: MFA of Ukraine protests opening "a terrorist embassy" in Czechia

Earlier the separatists announced that a Vienna city administration official and a local trade union member Alfred Almeder would become the head of the so-called representative center.

According to RFE/RL, Ukraine's Ambassador to Vienna Alexander Scherba said, Mr. Almeder had sent a letter to the Ukrainian embassy, saying he had refused to represent the militants.

Austrian Foreign Affairs Ministry, in turn, assured Ukraine that it doesn't recognize the so-called Luhansk republic and doesn't sanction the opening of any representative or diplomacy centers in the country.

Read also: Gun-Toting Diplomats: How Donetsk separatists create myth about their consulate in EU

Earlier Donetsk separatists claimed they opened a similar institution in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Prague vowed to shut it down and said it would ask the court to outlaw the center. 

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