Georgia expels Russian diplomat over poisoning former spy in England
29 March, 2018
Georgia expels Russian diplomat over poisoning former spy in England
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia declares a member of the staff of the Russian Federation Interests Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tbilisi as a not acceptable person and requests to leave Georgia within 7 days.

It is said in the written statement released by the Foreign Ministry on March 29.
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Rescuers working on the site of the Salisbury incident

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the use of chemical weapons on the territory of the United
Kingdom that caused grave human suffering of three individuals and posed serious threat to life and health of others. This represents serious challenge to common security.
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Soldiers remove contaminated vehicle from Salisbury Hospital after Russian spy incident

The Ministry expresses solidarity to the United Kingdom, shares the position of the United Kingdom as well as of international community on this matter and declares a member of the staff of the Russian Federation Interests Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tbilisi as a not acceptable person and requests to leave Georgia within 7 days,” – the Ministry statement reads.
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The statement on expelling Russian diplomats was released by the Foreign Ministry on March 29

As a reminder, Russian Embassy in Georgia's capital Tbilisi was closed on September 3, 2008, after the tragic events of Russia-Georgia war in August. Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia on 26 August; in response, the Georgian government severed diplomatic relations with Russia. Russia has, since the war, occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of the ceasefire agreement of August 2008.
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Former Russian Embassy in Georgia's capital Tbilisi. August 2008, citizens protest Russian invasion in Georgia

The United Kingdom has no doubt that Russia is responsible for the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia Skripal. The UK expelled Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said the diplomats, who had a week to leave, were identified as "undeclared intelligence officers".
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Staff and their families leave Russia's Embassy in London on March 20

Recently, 20 EU countries expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England. The United States announced it was responding by expelling 60 Russian intelligence officers.
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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said the diplomats were identified as "undeclared intelligence officers"

Ukraine has expelled 13 diplomats, France: 4 diplomats; Germany: 4 diplomats; Canada: 4 diplomats (and it said three others' applications to serve in Canada); Poland: 4 diplomats; Lithuania: 3 diplomats; Czech Republic: 3 diplomats; Netherlands: 2 diplomats; Italy: 2 diplomats; Denmark: 2 diplomats; Spain: 2 diplomats; Estonia: 1 diplomat; Latvia: 1 diplomat; Romania: 1 diplomat; Finland: 1 diplomat; Croatia: 1 diplomat; Hungary: 1 diplomat; Sweden: 1 diplomat; Norway: 1 diplomat.
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Over twenty countries have expelled a total of around a hundred Russian diplomats

It is noteworthy that United Kingdom has recently put Russian invasion of Georgia in the document about “Salisbury Incident,” which the Embassy of United Kingdom introduced to the representatives of the foreign embassies at the presentation which was held on March 22.

The document named “Salisbury Incident” includes the chronicle of events from March 4, 2018, when Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious in the city of Salisbury, till March 20, 2018, when the government of United Kingdom expelled 23 Russian diplomats.
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Russia's hostile activities on the territories of the foreign countries are listed in the document Salisbury Incident

The document Salisbury Incident stresses Russia’s hostile activities conducted between 2006 and 2018 on the territories of the foreign countries, with Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 August war among them.

The list includes the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, a British naturalised Russian defector and former officer of the Russian FSB secret service, in 2006, Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008, which resulted in 2008 Russia-Georgia war, destabilizing the situation in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea in 2014, and interference in US election in 2016.

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