Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov deemed on Wednesday unacceptable the incident in which the French police stopped on Tuesday a bus carrying more than 40 Russian soccer fans, without notifying the consular authorities of that country.
“It is a fact that the French behaved in defiance of all the obligations under the Vienna Convention. I have already sent a relevant verbal message to the French Foreign Minister urging to prevent such violations,” Lavrov denounced, according to media outlets.
The head of Russian diplomacy said that when Russian fans refused to get off the bus, the French police were ready to call Special Forces and storm the vehicle.
Russian consular representatives who arrived on the scene were able to ease the tension, but French police arrested all occupants of the bus to investigate their possible involvement in the riots in Marseille, where Russian and English fans fought on Saturday.
“I believe that it is unacceptable to behave in the way, like some of our citizens who had come with fires, with some crackers, did. It is strictly forbidden,” Lavrov said, but at the same time noted “the absolutely provocative actions of (football) fans from other countries.”
Moscú, 15 June 2016, EFE/Practica Español