French FM echoes EU view of Russian responsibility for ex-spy attack

PARIS, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday echoed the position of the European Union which views Russia as responsible for an attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in Britain on March 4.

France ordered the expulsion of four diplomats today, giving them a week to leave the country in a move that is part of a decision by 14 EU nations to expel Russian diplomatic personnel.

The US, for its part, ordered 60 Russians to leave the country and closed Moscow?’s Seattle Consulate. Ukraine, Canada and Croatia are also reported to have ordered Russian diplomats home.

The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury “constitutes a grave threat to our collective security and international law,” Le Drian said, repeating the view of the EU Council meeting last week.

He also recalled that the EU leaders “agreed that there exists no other plausible explanation than that of the responsibility of the Federation of Russia” in this affair.

Le Drian further expressed solidarity with Britain which itself expelled 23 Russian diplomats several days ago, a move matched by Russia shortly afterwards.

Moscow is expected to retaliate with its own round of expulsions of Western diplomats in the near future.

Source: Kuwait News Agency