THE French ambassador to Moscow has been summoned to the Russian foreign ministry after sharp criticism of policing at the Euro 2016 tournament.
“Further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments… could significantly aggravate the atmosphere in Russian-French relations,” the Ministry said.
Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov rebuked French police for detaining 43 Russian fans after clashes in Marseille.
Separately, France is to expel four Russians arrested in Lille.
France’s crackdown on hooliganism among supporters related to incidents outside the stadiums.
Uefa, football’s European governing body, separately fined Russia and gave it a suspended disqualification following fan violence inside the stadium in Marseille where Russia played England last Saturday.
The Russian foreign ministry summoned Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert soon after a speech by Mr Lavrov to the lower house of the Russian parliament in Moscow.
Mr Lavrov suggested Russian fans had been provoked and criticised the way French police were subjecting them to security checks.
French prosecutor said there were around 150 Russian “hooligans” who travelled to Marseille “well-prepared for violence”
“It was an absolutely unacceptable incident when a bus with more than 40 Russian supporters was stopped and [the police] demanded that they leave the bus for document and ID checks,” he told the State Duma.
He accused the French of violating international conventions by detaining the fans. “It is a fact that the French behaved completely contrary to their obligations under the Vienna Convention, and I have already written to the French foreign minister, demanding that he does not allow any more such incidents to occur.”
Mr Lavrov did concede that the behaviour of some Russian fans at the tournament had been poor.
Source : SunOnline