March 26, 2018 / 1:25 PM / in 7 months

Latvia expels Russian diplomat after UK nerve agent attack

RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia said on Monday it would expel one Russian diplomat out of solidarity with Britain over a nerve agent attack against a former Russian double agent in England.

Britain has blamed Russia for the attack, a charge Moscow denies.

“In solidarity with UK over #SalisburyAttack and for violation of Vienna convention Latvia joins many #EU countries expelling Russian diplomats as well as blacklisting a Russian citizen,” Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia’s foreign minister, said on Twitter.

Reporting by Gederts Gelzis; Editing by Simon Johnson and Gareth Jones

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