The Swedish Foreign Ministry will call the Russian ambassador because of the post about the dead “mercenary”
The commentary of the Russian embassy said that Edward Selander Patrignani, who died in Ukraine, “received what he deserved” and is a criminal. Swedish politicians criticized this statement and called on the Swedish Foreign Ministry to respond “media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden will call the Russian ambassador because of the comment of Russian diplomats about the former Swedish soldier Edward Selander Patrignani who died in Ukraine, the press service of the department told TASS.
“The Foreign Ministry intends to call a representative of the Russian embassy this week”, — said the press service of the Swedish Foreign Ministry.
The comment of the Russian Embassy in Sweden was published on Facebook (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) on July 25. It concerned articles in the Swedish media about the death of 28-year-old Edvard Selander Patrignani, a former member of the Swedish Armed Forces who joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Swedish media call him a volunteer.
“It is deeply regrettable that journalists have once again forgotten about the key principle of their profession” objectivity when they prepared material about the personality of a former officer of the Swedish Armed Forces, and instead tried to create a positive and highly moral image of this ordinary mercenary, — said the Russian embassy.
Foreigners taking part in the conflict on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were called “dogs of war” in the message. It also says that Patrignani “got what he deserved” and, in accordance with international law, is a criminal.
The fact that Patrignani died in Ukraine on July 18 was reported to Politico by the “commander of foreign fighters”; APU Ruslan Miroshnichenko. After that, notes about Patrignani appeared in the Swedish and Norwegian media. They also drew attention to the statement of Russian diplomats. So, the Expressen newspaper came out with the headline “The Russian Embassy ridiculed the Swede who died in Ukraine.”
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In connection with the embassy's commentary, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde was approached by the “Swedish Democrats” and the Liberal Party. The spokesman for the latter, Joar Forssel, said that Russian diplomats were “mocking” over Patrignani, and felt that the Swedish Foreign Ministry should call the Russian ambassador. The embassy's statement was also criticized in the Center Party, the Christian Democrats and the Greens, writes Dagens Nyheter.
The publication notes that initially the Swedish Foreign Ministry did not plan to call the Russian ambassador, but later decided to do it “in the coming week” ;. The post of Russian ambassador to Sweden is held by Viktor Tatarintsev, according to the website of the embassy.
In June, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that more than 3 thousand foreign mercenaries were fighting on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, most of them came from Poland, Canada and the United States . During the special operation, the Ministry has repeatedly reported the destruction of mercenaries and their training centers in Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the creation of an “international legion”, which should consist of “foreign volunteers”, a few days later after the start of the military operation, on February 27.
RBC turned to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, for a comment and sent a request to the press service of the Russian Embassy in Sweden.
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