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Hungary expels Russian diplomat in connection with Salisbury nerve agent attack

Hungary expels Russian diplomat in connection with Salisbury nerve agent attack

Australia and Ireland on Tuesday joined more than 20 other nations in expelling Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian military intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain.

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.

Russia's ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov called the Irish government's decision "totally unwarranted" and "uncalled for".

London believes that the Skripals were exposed to the A234 nerve agent, which United Kingdom experts have claimed is related to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union.

'I have briefed the Government on my intended course of action.

In a statement, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the incident was a "grave challenge to our shared security".

Moscow vehemently denies responsibility, and has vowed a "tough response" to the expulsions.

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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 attack in Salisbury was not just an attack against the United Kingdom, but an affront to the global rules-based system on which we all depend for our security and wellbeing.

"The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has [.] met with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation and informed him that the accreditation of a member of his staff with diplomatic status is to be terminated, in line with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations".

The Irish response is being discussed by ministers at this morning's Cabinet meeting.

The Russian foreign ministry added: "It goes without saying that this unfriendly move by this group of countries will not go unnoticed, and we will respond to it".

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.

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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