March 23, 2018 / 10:22 AM / 2 years ago

Russia says Europe being drawn into Anglo-American anti-Russia campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron meet during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

MOSCOW (Reuters) - European Union leaders are being drawn into an anti-Russian campaign instigated by London and Washington to drive a wedge between Moscow and the bloc, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The EU has called back its ambassador in Moscow for consultations relating to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, and EU leaders have backed Britain’s assertion that Moscow is likely to blame for the poisoning.

Moscow denies it had anything to do Skripal’s poisoning. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement it regretted that EU leaders backed Britain’s position, saying the only explanation for doing that was to help British Prime Minister Theresa May out of a difficult position.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alison Williams

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