Russian Embassy in Ireland has found fuel oil supplier, Ambassador announces

Yury Filatov, the Russian ambassador to Ireland, said the Russian embassy had secured a fuel oil supplier.

The diplomat made the comments last Saturday as he attended the consecration of festive Easter food at Dublin’s only Russian Orthodox church.

It follows that the embassy admitted earlier this month that it was short of supplies as Irish oil companies reportedly refused to deliver supplies.

The releases are said to have been made in protest against the country’s current invasion of Ukraine.

The ambassador’s comments also follow after Mr Filatov told Russian state television last month that Ireland was “hostile to Russia and anything Russian”, and accused the Irish government of to be at the forefront of “anti-Russian events” in the European Union.

Mr Filatov also said he received “many letters of support” for the Russian invasion.

He also acknowledged that the general Irish public overwhelmingly opposed Russia’s actions in Ukraine, saying: “It’s a really important situation, it’s a complex situation;

Mr Filatov also insisted that he was “also for the Ukrainians”, explaining: “We do not have a quarrel with the Ukrainians, it is the (Ukrainian) government and the neo-Nazi movement that are a danger to us and a danger to Europe as well.”

Asked last month about his criticism of Ireland’s overwhelming support for Ukraine by a journalist, Mr Filatov replied: “I don’t want to get into this quarrel”.

He went on to comment that seemed to imply that some members of the Irish media sphere are biased against Russia: “One thing is what you put in your newspaper, the other is the truth… the truth is different . “

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