Cry for help from Russian Embassy in Ireland as it faces ‘fuel shortage’

Irish oil companies refuse to deliver supplies due to invasion of Ukraine - report

There has been a cry for help from the Russian Embassy in Ireland as it reportedly faces a fuel shortage.

It is understood diplomats have complained that Irish oil companies are refusing to deliver supplies to their Dublin property due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The embassy has become the focal point for Irish anger over the war raged by the country's president Vladimir Putin.

The Irish Daily Mirror reported that the embassy has written a letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney’s department about the issue.


They have urged the Government to intervene in what they have termed as a “clearly discriminatory case”.

Asked about the matter on Tuesday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that, while he does not have sympathy for the Russian Embassy, there are rules in which Ireland must follow when hosting international diplomats.

"There are particular rules under the Vienna Conventions as to how we're supposed to treat diplomats and diplomatic commissions in our country so I think they have to be followed," Mr Varadkar said.

“I actually didn’t have the chance to read that article so I don’t know the details.”

Asked about the reported letter, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it had no comment to make.

The embassy has been the scene of demonstrations by those opposed to the invasion of Ukraine.

Since the invasion began, protests have been staged across the city and the country as both Irish people and Ukrainians living in Ireland gathered to express outcry at the war.

The Government has also face repeated calls to expel the Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov.

Last month, a man was charged with criminal damage and dangerous driving after his lorry rammed the embassy gates on Orwell Road in the south of the city.

On Tuesday evening the embassy had not confirmed whether it had managed to secure fuel supply.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to address the Dáil and Seanad on Wednesday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on the situation. – PA