Park bench where ex-Russian spy and daughter found poisoned is removed


"In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, Latvia is now discussing with them how to coordinate a proper response to Russian activity regarding the chemical attack on Sergei Skripal", ministry spokesman Gints Jegermanis told AFP. But Mr. Corbyn questioned statements by some members of government, adding: "I'm not sure the language used by some of our ministers is particularly helpful or sensible".

Skripal, the former Russian double agent, was poisoned with a nerve toxin and may never regain his full mental capacity, a British judge has warned, adding that the same goes for his daughter.

French President Macron said the OPCW work would be "useful, but is not going to change our vision of things".

"At yesterday's meeting it was PM Orban who proposed the recall of the European Union ambassador to Moscow for consultations in Brussels", the diplomatic source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In response, Russia's foreign ministry said: "We regret that the EU chose to follow another anti-Russian campaign launched by London and its allies from across the ocean, with the obvious objective of creating yet another obstacle to normalising the situation on the European continent".

"Theresa May presented us with certain evidence", the German Chancellor said, highlighting "the Russian trail".

Peskov said Russian Federation did not know what "precise information the British side used when it discussed the topic of the Skripals with its colleagues".

Russian Federation "unfortunately is not able to receive any information at all directly on the so-called Skripal case", Peskov said. A United Kingdom judge said on Thursday that both victims may have suffered brain damage from the attack.

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The detailed circumstances of this attack remain largely unknown since it has left the two Russians hospitalized in a critical condition and unable to communicate.

In retaliation to the UK's steps, 23 British diplomats were expelled, the British consulate general in the city of St. Petersburg was closed and the British Council had to shut down its operations in Russian Federation. But it has been determined by British security authorities that a nerve agent called Novichok, which has been developed by Russian Federation, was used.

At a Brussels summit, May shared information about why Britain is convinced Moscow was behind the nerve-agent attack.

Other Baltic states, as well as Poland and the Czech Republic, said they are also considering taking steps such as expelling Russian diplomats.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he supported the EU's position "very strongly" and Ireland could expel Russian officials if they were shown to be acting as intelligence agents.

AT least 10 European Union countries are set to expel Russian intelligence agents and diplomats next week, with the number responding to the UK's call for action set to continue to rise. Reinforcing the "special relationship", she hopes, will strengthen her hand in negotiations over the terms of Britain's exiting the EU.

According to a source with knowledge of the discussions, it is believed that the U.S. was waiting to see what members of the European Council would do - and on Friday 10 European countries announced they would follow the United Kingdom's lead by also expelling Russian diplomats.