Ireland to Expel 1 Russian Diplomat Over Skripal Case - Foreign Minister

Ireland to Expel 1 Russian Diplomat Over Skripal Case - Foreign Minister

Ireland to Expel 1 Russian Diplomat Over Skripal Case - Foreign Minister

The United States, European Union nations and some other countries announced today they would expel a total of more than 130 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain.

He says there's no other plausible explanation other than that Russian Federation was behind the chemical attack on former spy Sergei Skripol and his daughter in Salisbury. Moscow has denied being behind it.

It what is the largest expulsion of diplomats ever, with Trump announcing 60 will be expelled, Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, has announced that he will expel one diplomat. They have been given seven days to leave Australia.

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

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The Russian Embassy in Canberra said the decision was regrettable and jeopardized bilateral relationships.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney released a statement on Tuesday, confirming that Dublin would stand in "unqualified solidarity" with the United Kingdom, which has accused the Russian government of being responsible for the chemical attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

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The Skripals remain hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious on March 4 in the English city of Salisbury, where the former spy lived.

The Tánaiste says he could not support Ireland "sitting on its hands" over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

But Russia Today journalist Bryan Mc Donald says it is still an unproven allegation: "I can tell you for sure, Russia will expel an Irish diplomat as a effect and that will happen in the next couple of days".

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Russian Federation has denied any role in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, earlier this month.

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