BRUSSELS, The Netherlands, Spain, and Italy are due to expel a total of six Russian diplomats on Monday over the nerve gas attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, in British Salisbury town earlier this month.
The Netherlands is to expel two Russian diplomats as part of Europe’s reaction to the nerve gas attack on two Russians in Salisbury, Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok and home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren told parliament.
“In light of the conclusions of the European Council, the cabinet has decided, in close consultation with allies and partners, that two Russian diplomats will be expelled in the short term,” the ministers said in a statement as reported by the Dutch media.
“They will have to leave the Netherlands within two weeks,” note the statement.
Earlier in Brussels, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, announced that 14 Member states have decided to expel Russian diplomats.
“Additional measures, including further expulsions within this common EU framework are not to be excluded in the coming days and weeks,” he added.
In Madrid, the Spanish government announced the expulsion of two Russia diplomats over the nerve gas attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
In a press release, the Spanish foreign ministry said the country’s action comes in response to the dangers escalation to security, social, and international law, stressing that the expulsion will take into effect in the next few days, but did not specify the ranking of these expelled diplomats.
Meanwhile, in Rome, the Italian government said two Russian diplomats will be departed as part of the European stance action against Moscow and its responsibility over the ex-spy nerve gas attack in the UK.
In a statement, the Italian foreign ministry said they have contacted the Russian Embassy and informed them on the decision, which will take affect within a week.
France, Germany and Poland are expelling four Russian diplomats each, Czech Republic and Lithuania three each, Denmark, Netherlands and Italy two each, and Estonia, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, Romania and Sweden one each.
Source: Kuwait News Agency