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Montenegro expels one Russian diplomat over Skripal case - Embassy

Montenegro expels one Russian diplomat over Skripal case - Embassy

One Russian diplomat now working in Ireland will be expelled, Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney has confirmed.

Russia's Ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov has been told one of his staff must "leave the jurisdiction".

Tánaiste and foreign affairs minister Mr Coveney announced the expulsion after briefing cabinet colleagues at Government Buildings this morning. Turnbull slammed Russian Federation for "reckless and deliberate" conduct that harms global security and violates rules against the use of chemical weapons.

Some suggested that if the Irish government wanted to expel Russian diplomats, it should stop allowing the United States military to carry weapons and troops through Shannon Airport in County Clare.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney has confirmed that the Government will follow the response of countries across the world to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England on March 4.

She added that "citing solidarity with the British isn't enough" and described the government as asking parties "to trust Boris Johnson and that's not necessarily the wisest course of action".

He said the Russian ambassador in Dublin has been informed that one diplomat from his embassy must leave Ireland.

"The Government of Montenegro has made a decision to proclaim a diplomatic representative accredited to the Russian embassy as persona non grata and to withdraw consent to the activities of the Honorary Consul of Russia in Montenegro".

This is all in reaction to Russia's alleged use of a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Deputy undersecretary with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tamás Menczer announced Monday evening that, in accordance with the European Council's decision to jointly retaliate against Russia, Hungary would expel a Russian diplomat who is thought to have been conducting intelligence activity.