A driver died after hitting the gate of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest with his vehicle, which caught fire. The Russian Investigation Committee suspects a premeditated action, while the embassy denounces an ambient anti-Russian “hysteria”.
Early on April 6, a driver died after crashing his car into the gate of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest, police in the Romanian capital said in a statement. Video recorded before firefighters arrived shows the front of the vehicle in flames, stuck in the gate. Romanian police said they were investigating and did not reveal the identity of the driver. It was not yet established, according to the police, if it was an accident or a deliberate act.
BREAKING: Moments ago someone attempted to crash a car through the gate of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.
Reportedly the driver of the vehicle was killed. pic.twitter.com/GP5nv73Vd2
— Tim McMillan (@LtTimMcMillan) April 6, 2022
The embassy denounces a climate of anti-Russian “hysteria”
The chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee meanwhile instructed “to establish the circumstances of the attack” on the embassy. “According to some sources, the collision was not accidental but was a premeditated action against the Russian diplomatic mission, the driver of the car having shouted something to the security of the embassy before his death”, details the Investigation Committee , who will contact the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain all the necessary information.
For its part, the embassy reacted by offering its condolences to the relatives of the deceased individual, while deploring the prevailing anti-Russian climate. “We regret to inform you that, whatever the motives of the driver, there is no doubt that he committed this act under the influence of the anti-Russian hysteria created by the organized provocation in Boutcha”, the embassy commented in a statement on April 6.
In recent weeks, several Russian embassies elsewhere in Europe have been the scene of protests against the Russian military offensive in Ukraine. Imitating other European countries, Romania announced on April 5 that it was expelling 10 Russian diplomats. According to AFP, the Romanian Foreign Ministry also summoned the Russian ambassador to Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin, and “reiterated the firm condemnation of the crimes committed in Boutcha and in other localities in Ukraine, for which the responsibility lies to Russia”, which the latter denies. Romania hosts, according to Reuters, nearly 80,000 Ukrainian refugees who fled after the start of the Russian intervention on February 24.