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Spy poisoning: Luxembourg recalls ambassador to Moscow

Luxembourg’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it has recalled its ambassador to Moscow for consultations over Russia’s alleged involvement in the nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury.

“The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn has therefore decided to recall the Ambassador of Luxembourg in Moscow for consultations,’’ the ministerial statement said.

In the statement, the Luxembourg government also confirmed its “full solidarity with the United Kingdom in the face of this serious challenge to our common security.”

On Tuesday, Asselborn told newsmen that Luxembourg had no intention of expelling Russian diplomats over the Salisbury incident.

The minister noted they could not prove any of Russian officers in Luxembourg were spies or persons working against Luxembourg’s interests.

Skripal, a former colonel of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service who also worked for UK intelligence, and his daughter Yulia have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4.

London believed that the Skripals were exposed to the A234 nerve agent, which UK experts have claimed is related to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of orchestrating the attack and expelled 23 Russian diplomats.

Earlier in the week, over 25 other countries expelled over 140 Russian diplomats in connection with the Salisbury incident.

Russia has strongly rejected the accusations and offered assistance in London’s investigation into the Skripal case.

However, Moscow’s request for samples of the chemical substance used to poison Skripal has been rejected. 

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