Irish diplomat expected to be expelled from Russian Federation

Hope Soto
March 29, 2018

On Monday, more than a dozen European Union countries, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia announced their decision to expel Russian diplomats in connection with the poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, which was blamed on Russia.

"Russia has offered several alternative and varying narratives of the events in Salisbury and has posed a number of rhetorical questions and to put it mildly none of them offers a plausible alternative explanation", said Mr Coveney. Moscow vehemently denies responsibility, and has vowed a "tough response" to the expulsions.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney announced Ireland would be expelling a Russian diplomat. They have been given seven days to leave Australia.

"The use of chemical weapons, including the use of any toxic chemicals as weapons, by anyone, anywhere, is particularly shocking and abhorrent", he said.

It was reported that Montenegro notified the Russian Embassy about the decision and added that the Russian diplomat has to leave the country in a week.

Vehicles wait to enter the Russian embassy in Washington
Vehicles wait to enter the Russian embassy in Washington

"It is astonishing how easily the allies of Great Britain follow it blindly contrary to the norms of civilized bilateral dialogue and global relations, and against. common sense", it said.

Ireland will take action against Russian in response to a nerve agent attack in neighbouring England that the British government has blamed on Moscow, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain critically ill following the nerve agent attack.

Russian Federation denies responsibility and has vowed a "tough response" to the expulsions.

Hungary is expelling a Russian diplomat who is thought to have been conducting intelligence activity in Hungary, reports state news agency MTI.

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