The Russian embassy in Ireland said it “appreciates” the co-operation of Irish authorities after a large truck was driven through its gates on Monday afternoon.
The embassy had initially accused the Government of violating international law for allowing the incident to happen.
“A large truck came over to the gates of the Embassy, pulled back, and torn down the gates of the Embassy. The incident took place in the presence of Garda officers, who stood idle… The Embassy strongly condemns this criminal act of insanity directed against [a] peaceful diplomatic mission,” the Russian embassy said in a statement.
“We believe that no people of sound mind could support such senseless and barbaric actions,” it added.
On Monday evening, security barriers had been erected creating a buffer between the embassy and protesters.
A Garda spokesperson earlier confirmed that the driver of the truck was arrested and detained at Rathfarnham Garda Station while the case was being investigated.
The driver, who identified himself as a “working man” from Leitrim, exited the vehicle after driving the truck through the gates of the embassy, and handed out photos of what he said were Russian atrocities in Ukraine, according to a report in The Irish Times.
“I want the Ambassador and his colleagues to leave this country, leave this free country,” the driver said in a video. “It’s about time we stood up.”
Amid the protests, the Russian ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov previously told a Russian state-owned television station that Ireland is “hostile to Russia and everything Russian.”
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