Ireland Will Expel One Russian Diplomat

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Ireland will expel a Russian diplomat over the nerve agent attack on a spy on British soil.

The Republic of Ireland is one of 20 countries to have taken action against Russian Federation.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said he plans to support a repeal of the constitutional ban.

He added that the decision was taken based on intelligence from the Garda (Irish police) and Irish defence forces.

A statement from Coveney, who is also Minister for Foreign Affairs, said: 'The use of chemical weapons, including the use of any toxic chemicals as weapons, by anyone, anywhere, is particularly shocking and abhorrent. Turnbull slammed Russian Federation for "reckless and deliberate" conduct that harms global security and violates rules against the use of chemical weapons.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury earlier this month.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs 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".

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald asked for a briefing and said that parties had to "see the evidence underpinning the decision".

"In light of the European Council conclusions, and following an assessment conducted by the security services and relevant departments, I have briefed the Government on my intended course of action".

"The Government of Montenegro has chose 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".

Britain has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats, with Moscow retaliating with a tit-for-tat move.

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