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Denmark expels two Russian diplomats

26.03.2018  18:03

Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has informed the Russian ambassador in Denmark that Denmark is expelling two Russian diplomats as a reaction to the events in Salisbury in the UK on March 4, where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attempted murdered with the use of the Russian produced nerve agent Novichok. At the European Council on March 22, the EU Heads of State and Government agreed with the assessment of the UK that it is highly likely that Russia is responsible, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation.

The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen says:

“Today we informed the Russian ambassador, that we are expelling two Russian diplomats. It is a very extraordinary step, but the situation is also very extraordinary. For the first time since the Second World War, a chemical weapon has been used in Europe. We agree with the UK’s assessment that it is very likely Russia is responsible. There is no other plausible explanation. Today – along with international partners – we are sending a strong message. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the UK and we are putting our foot down against Russia at a time, when Russia is acting aggressively in a number of areas and seeking to undermine western values and the rule based international order.

In order for the relationship with Russia to improve, Russia must first change its behaviour. Our extraordinary measure taken today is part of Denmark’s and our international partners’ pressure on Russia.”

For more information:
Press Advisor Kasper Thams Olsen, 61979031