On 10 May 2018, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, summoned the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Latvia, Yevgeny Lukyanov, to express strong condemnation of the 9 May attack on the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Russian Federation.
During the conversation, the State Secretary pointed out the need for the Russian side to ensure compliance with obligations under Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as well as taking all security measures for the prevention of attacks of this kind and prosecution of perpetrators.
Andrejs Pildegovičs emphasised that, regrettably, the incident was not the first case of security of the Latvian diplomatic missions in Russia being put at risk. In view of the attack having caused damage to the facade of the Embassy building, the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary demanded that the Russian side ensure repair of the damage.
Article 22 of the 1961Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations provides for the following:
“1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.
3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.”