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Foreign Ministry recalls diplomat involved in cigarette smuggling

An internal investigation will be conducted with regard Oksana Lischyshyn

Foreign Ministry recalls diplomat involved in cigarette smuggling
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled the first secretary of the Ukrainian Embassy in Slovakia Oksana Lischyshyn involved in the scandal over the smuggling of cigarettes, Deputy Foreign Minister, Vadym Prystayko says.

He denied media reports that Lischyshyn was on vacation."As the ministry's chief of staff I should've know about that," he added.

At the same time, according to Pristayko, an ambassador can be recalled only by the president.

On 21 May, the officers employees of the Transcarpathian customs detained a man who attempted to traffic across the state border about 60 thousand cartons of contraband cigarettes. As it turned out, the car that transported the contraband belonged to Ukrainian Embassy in Slovakia. It was driven by a resident of Kyiv Serhiy Lischyshyn, the husband of the first secretary of Ukrainian embassy in Bratislava.