Germany expels four Russian diplomats over Skripal case

by Abel Hampton March 27, 2018, 3:09
Germany expels four Russian diplomats over Skripal case

Skripal, who also worked for United Kingdom intelligence, and his daughter have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4 and are being treated for exposure to what the United Kingdom experts believe to be the A234 nerve agent.

The attempted assassination sparked an diplomatic crisis between Russian Federation and Britain, which has been supported by its allies in apportioning blame to the Kremlin.

Peskov said that accusations on the case of poisoning of former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury and further London steps are close to gangsterism.

On Tuesday, one senior State Department official, speaking on background, supported the UK's own decision to kick out 23 Russian diplomats.

The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok while the Russian government denies any involvement in the attack.

On Friday, EU leaders promised an "unprecedented" diplomatic response to the attack after backing May's assertion that Moscow was responsible.

Meanwhile, the European Union is recalling its ambassador to Russian Federation for "consultations" on the Salisbury attack.

While 74 percent of the respondents said the poisoning adversely affected Russian-British ties, 59 percent said Moscow should pursue negotiations and take part in an global investigation of the poisoning.

The 66-year-old was accused of working for MI6 over several years, in particular disclosing the names of several dozen Russian agents working in Europe.

He said he had reconnected with Skripal through his daughter Yulia after the conviction and in 2012 spoke to his old friend on the telephone for half an hour.

"Many people shunned him".

"He called me from London". He denied he was a traitor. "His classmates felt he had betrayed the Motherland", he said.

Prior to Wednesday's meeting, one State Department source told CNN the move would be considered a "very serious step", especially given the last round of tit-for-tat expulsions that have left both Russian Federation and the U.S. with significantly smaller diplomatic forces in each other's countries.

Bailey said his experience had been "completely surreal" after he was discharged from hospital.

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