by Frank Schnittger
Sat May 7th, 2022 at 11:20:41 AM EST
A Russian TV station this week broadcast video simulating the effect of nuclear weapons being detonated off the coast of Ireland, in a report introduced by Dmitry Kiselyov (pictured)
What more provocation do we need before we break off diplomatic relations with Russia?
May 07 2022 02:30 AM
The Irish Government expelled four out of 30 registered Russian diplomats in Ireland, allegedly for meeting dissident republican and loyalist paramilitaries in an attempt to stoke tensions here and in Northern Ireland. In response, Russia expelled two of our six embassy staff in Moscow - one third of our full complement, which is equivalent to us expelling 10 of their diplomats here.
Russia has also been seeking to develop its four-acre site on Orwell Road as an intelligence-gathering hub for western Europe while doing nothing to prevent the activities of Russian-based hackers inserting ransomware software on our health service's systems, costing us millions and putting lives at risk.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine will cost us billions of euro in aid and refugee hospitality costs, not to mention the Irish-owned aircraft worth billions that Russia has effectively stolen by re-registering them as Russian. Irish lessor Avolon has already lost 173 million this year after it could not get back aircraft leased to Russian airlines.
Now the most popular state-owned television channel, Russia-1, has broadcast mocked-up clips of nuclear weapons destroying Ireland in a report introduced by Dmitry Kiselyov, a close associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
What more provocation do we need before we finally break off diplomatic relations with this odious regime and expel the Russian ambassador who now claims to speak for Ukrainians and has been encouraging pro-Russian demonstrations here?
Surely the time has come to advise all remaining Irish nationals to leave Russia immediately and shut down our embassy there completely?
In the meantime, we can use their ample grounds in Orwell Road to house Ukrainian refugees and, if necessary, sell them off to fund our relief efforts.