March 26, 2018 / 1:25 PM / a year ago

Lithuania expels three Russian diplomats over UK nerve agent attack

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania said on Monday it would expel three Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in England which the British government has blamed on Moscow.

Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would also ban a further 44 people from entering the country after the attack in Salisbury on March 4. Russia has denied involvement in the attack.

Several other countries have also expelled Russian diplomats.

“By expelling persons who engaged in activities incompatible with their diplomatic status, the countries are expressing their solidarity with the United Kingdom and seeking to take action against Russia’s spy networks in Europe,” the ministry said in a statement.

Reporting by Andrius Sytas; Editing by Simon Johnson and Gareth Jones

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