The Foreign Office will be asked to expel Russian diplomatic staff from Edinburgh after the city council agreed to tell the Russian ambassador that his consulate is no longer welcome.
Edinburgh city councilors have unanimously agreed to take action against the Russian state as long as the war against Ukraine continues.
In a virtual meeting earlier today, members backed a call from deputy council leader Cammy Day to make it clear to the consulate that he was not welcome while the war continued.
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They also agreed to put up to £100,000 to help coordinate local relief efforts and further consider what additional support could be offered by contributing workers or equipment to the effort.
And they agreed to ban Russian state-funded artists and art events from venues owned by the council while encouraging private venues to follow its lead.
At the same meeting, councilors agreed to award free citizenship to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko in recognition of their leadership and heroism in the face of the invasion of their country.
Earlier in the meeting, councilors heard a moving statement from Hannah Beaton-Hawryluk, chairman of Ukrainian club Edinburgh, who praised the bravery of the two men as they left their respective roles in sport and comedy to enter politics.
She said: “Both went from their careers to politics. Little did they know they would become Europe’s first wartime leaders since World War II.
“Both leaders, in the face of an unjust war, have remained loyal to their offices in Kyiv and we look forward to welcoming both men to Edinburgh in the future.”
Earlier, Hannah moved members with stories of how some members of her club were coping with family members in Ukraine.
She said a member asked her family if there was anything they needed.
When asked what people could do to support the effort in Ukraine, Hannah urged everyone to unite saying that boycotting even the simplest Russian things could make a difference if “everyone did a bit.”
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And she said Ukraine needs help not just now but in the future as it rebuilds.
She said: “In 1945 the world showed it could rise from the ashes of World War II, it is important to show that the world can rise again.”
Lord Provost Frank Ross thanked Hannah for her “powerful and emotional delegation”.
Among the actions agreed by the advisers was that he agreed “to write to the Russian ambassador, informing him that the Russian consul is no longer welcome in our city and to write to the British Foreign Office to call for the expulsion of the Russians”.
diplomatic staff in the City of Edinburgh until Russian troops leave Ukraine.”
An addendum to the motion proposed by the Conservative group added: “The Council makes it clear that this city is not the enemy of the Russian people, just this war and recognizes the brave people of conscience across the Russian people who have expressed their opposition to this war and the territorial policy of the Russian leader.”
Lothian Pensions Fund will also receive a letter from the head of the board asking it to investigate any divestment from holdings that support the Russian economy.