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Tánaiste criticises Salisbury attack as Russian diplomat expelled

29 March 2018, 01:19 | Susie Olson

Tánaiste criticises Salisbury attack as Russian diplomat expelled

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Mr Coveney expressed solidarity with Britain as he confirmed Ireland as the latest country to take action against Moscow in the wake of the nerve agent assassination bid.

The Republic of Ireland is one of 20 countries to have taken action against Russian Federation.

Earlier on Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was working on a "tough response" to the expulsions.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said he plans to support a repeal of the constitutional ban.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney was presented with a list of options last night after a review of Russian activity here.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russian Federation of orchestrating the attack since London believes that the Skripals were exposed to the A234 nerve agent, which UK experts claim was developed in the Soviet Union.

Montenegro is to expel one Russian diplomat within a week as a reaction to Skripal, ex-GRU officer, poisoning in British Salisbury, as the press-office of Montenegro's authority reported.

After having briefed his Government's cabinet, Coveney said the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs met with the Russian Ambassador, Yuli Filtov, to inform him that the accredited member of his staff is to have his diplomatic status removed in line with provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald asked for a briefing and said that parties had to "see the evidence underpinning the decision".

European Union leaders agreed unanimously last week it was highly likely Russian Federation was behind the nerve-agent poisoning. In response, London expelled 23 Russian diplomats, which prompted retaliatory measures from the Russian side, with Moscow expelling United Kingdom diplomats and ordering the British Council to cease its activities in Russia.

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