EU Recalls Envoy to Moscow After Salisbury Attack

Published March 24th, 2018 - 10:10 GMT
An EU flag is seen attached to a street light outside of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on Mar. 23, 2018. 
(Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
An EU flag is seen attached to a street light outside of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on Mar. 23, 2018. (Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Amid accusations that Russia is responsible for a poison attack on a Russian ex-spy in Britain, the EU is recalling its ambassador to Moscow.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini recalled the head of the EU Delegation in the Russian Federation for consultations in Brussels, said a European Council statement.

"The Head of Delegation … is expected to arrive in Brussels this weekend for consultations with her," added the statement.

On Thursday, European Council's President Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter that the council "agrees" with London that Russia is "likely" responsible for the Salisbury attack as “there is no other plausible explanation.”

Twenty-three Russian diplomats left Britain Wednesday in the single biggest expulsion of foreign diplomats from the U.K. since the 1970s after Russia refused to provide any explanation for their stockpile of Novichok, which Britain says Moscow used in the attempted March 4 murders.

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain in stable but critical condition in the hospital after being found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury, southern England.


This article has been adapted from its original source.


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