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MEP Billy Kelleher offers to drive Russian ambassador to Ireland to the airport

Many have called for him to be expelled from Ireland

MEP for Ireland South Billy Kelleher

Clodagh Meaney

MEP Billy Kelleher has offered to drive Russia’s ambassador to Ireland, Yuri Filatov, to Dublin airport.

Taking to Twitter, the Fianna Fail MEP to Ireland South told the Russian ambassador he was on his way from Cork to drive him to the airport.

“Mr. Ambassador @Rus_Emb_Ireland , leaving Cork now and will be outside your embassy in three hours and will drop you to Dublin Airport,” he said.

“You’re not welcome here. Time for you to go home!”

He added: “#UkraineUnderAttack #SlavaUkraini”

Kelleher also added a picture of a protest sign that reads: “Ambassador Filatov, please go home. You are a Putin puppet and you have insulted the Irish people with your lies.”

It comes after the Ambassador appeared on RTE’s Six One news on Friday evening where he lied about Russia wanting to take military action in Ukraine.

Presenter David McCullagh asked Filatov when his country would stop their aggression towards Ukraine.

“What we’re talking about here is really a humanitarian tragedy…” he said, before McCullagh cut him off and said that Amnesty International had described “indiscriminate attacks” in Ukraine by the Russian military.

Filatov then went on to claim that the war going on in Donetsk and Luhansk was being perpetrated by Kyiv.

Russian ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov (Niall Carson/PA)

Shaking his head disapprovingly, McCullagh called him out and corrected him by saying that the war was started, fermented, and continued by Russia.

However, Filatov once again denied it.

“You’re giving us the Russian version of events,” the journalist continued.

“Why should our viewers believe the Russian version of events when Russia has been misleading us in recent weeks?”

David McCullagh interviews Yuri Filatov

Once again Filatov denied Russia was misleading the world about their plans to invade Ukraine.

McCullagh went on to quote Filatov when he appeared on Primetime 10 days prior and told RTE that an imminent threat of Russian invasion was an attempt by the US to inflate tensions between the two countries.

Upon once again denying what was being said, McCullagh said that the Ambassador was either a liar or had no idea what was going on.

He also claimed that there was “no proof” that the Russians wanted to pursue military action.

When he further asked Filatov why the Irish government should entertain his presence in Ireland when he was “acting as an apologist for slaughter,” he responded “ask your government.”

Upon closing their interview McCullagh remarked: “Yuri Filatov, Ambassador of Russia to Ireland… for the moment at least."

On Friday hundreds of people gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin to protest after Russia invaded Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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