The envelopes with suspicious content which were received on Tuesday by the Embassy of Ukraine in Bucharest have been picked up for examination, the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) announced.
According to the SRI, in this case “there is a collaboration with all the relevant institutions.”
Policemen with the Bucharest Municipality General Police Directorate (DGPMB) – Precinct 1 were notified on Tuesday that around 11:00hrs, two envelopes that could have suspicious contents have been received by an Embassy located in the District 1.
The Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) informed that it’s about Ukraine’s Embassy in Bucharest.
“Today, the SRI teams were displaced at the Embassy of Ukraine, following a 112 call, informing that several suspicious envelopes have been received. Pyrotechnicians started the standard procedure for their investigation. After the pyrotechnic check, it shall be determined whether it’s necessary to take and transport them in safety conditions,” the SRI mentioned, according to Agerpres.
Previously, the Bucharest Police announced that policemen arrived at the scene in order to secure the area.
On Monday, the Spanish police seized three more suspicious parcels addressed to Ukrainian diplomats at a post office, a spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on the institution’s official Facebook page, according to the Ukrinform and DPA news agencies. The total number of threats against Ukrainian diplomatic institutions abroad has thus reached 21 cases, the quoted spokesperson said.
The bloody parcels containing animal eyes arrived last week at the Ukrainian Embassies in several countries. Prior to this, a series of trap-letters were sent to several institutions in Spain, in one of the cases a security guard was slightly injured.
SRI: No explosive material in suspicious envelopes from Embassy of Ukraine in Bucharest
The envelopes that were picked up on Tuesday from the Embassy of Ukraine in Bucharest do not contain explosive material, informs the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).
The SRI specifies that at 10:50 its pyrotechnic teams were requested to the headquarters of the Embassy of Ukraine following a call to the single emergency number 112, as envelopes were received that were considered suspicious.
The SRI specialists implemented the specific procedures, and following the preliminary control, they were picked up and transported safely.
“After the first checks, it was found that the envelopes do not contain explosive material,” the quoted source said.
According to the procedure, they will be analyzed in specialized laboratories, in order to eliminate all suspicions regarding possible substances that could be present.
In this case, SRI says it will “collaborate with all competent institutions”.
Kuleba: Terror campaign against Ukrainian embassies, today the embassy in Romania was added
The Ukrainian minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, stated on Tuesday, in a press conference, that a campaign of terror and intimidation was launched against the embassies and consulates of this state, but this will not stop Ukrainian diplomats from working for the defense of the country.
“A campaign of terror and intimidation has been launched against Ukrainian embassies and consulates. An explosive package in Madrid, blood-stained letters with animal eyes in other capitals. I can only repeat for all the enemies of Ukrainian diplomacy and Ukraine – you will not manage to intimidate or stop us, we are a united team of Ukrainian diplomats and we will continue to work for the defense of Ukraine and the approach of our victory,” said the head of diplomacy in Kyiv, according to the translation on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Embassy in Bucharest.
He pointed out that there are new cases of sending dangerous parcels to Ukrainian embassies.
“Our embassy in Romania and the Ukrainian embassy in Denmark were added today. To all those who continue to send these parcels and terrorize our embassies, please relax and stop wasting your time and money on postage stamps. You will not achieve anything through this,” the Ukrainian foreign minister said.
Foreign Ministry on Ukraine Embassy suspicious mail incident: Any form of terrorist threat is absolutely unacceptable
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed about the Ukrainian Embassy in Bucharest having received on Tuesday morning two suspicious envelopes; the Ministry considers that any form of terrorist threat is “absolutely unacceptable and intolerable, and firmly condemns any action of intimidation against a diplomatic mission”.
The competent Romanian institutions responded swiftly, securing the perimeter and collecting the said correspondence. The Embassy of Ukraine offered thanks for the quick and efficient reaction, the Foreign Ministry said in a message.