Pascal Meunier: Many countries, including Georgia, expressed solidarity with UK; we are expelling Russian diplomats
Pascal Meunier: Many countries, including Georgia, expressed solidarity with UK; we are expelling Russian diplomats

“Many countries, including Georgia, have expressed solidarity with the UK and we are expelling Russian diplomats from our territories, “- the  Ambassador  of  France  to  Georgia Pascal Meunier told the journalists.

As Ambassador noted such decisions show that the EU exists and will not tolerate a crime.

“I think this is a powerful message for Moscow. I hope Russia will understand this. We have good relations with Russia; we respect Russia, Russia’s history and people. We are not the enemy of Russia, but Russia should also understand that we have principles, values and it will be better if these values be shared by Russia, “- the French ambassador noted.

Georgia expels the employee of the Russian Federation Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland. 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.

According to statement of the Ministry, the decision is linked to the fact of   poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, southern England.

On March 14, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced decision on cutting off all top-level ties with Russia and expelling 23 Russian diplomats in response to the  attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, southern England. Soon afterwards, other countries have expressed solidarity with the UK.

Up to 30 countries announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats for the time being, including the United States, Canada, Australia, EU countries, Moldova and Ukraine.  Washington ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle.

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