European Union recalls envoy after spy attack

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Amid accusations that Russia is responsible for a poison attack on a Russian ex-spy in Britain, the European Union is recalling its ambassador to Moscow.

A police officer standing near a cordoned-off area in Salisbury on March 11, where a former Russian Federation spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has close ties with Moscow and has clashed with Brussels on democracy issues, was behind the plan to recall the European Union ambassador in solidarity with Britain, a diplomatic source said. He added: 'We still do not see any facts, which makes us think that all this is provocation'.

"We've got the highest levels of controls".

President Donald Trump is expected to receive a recommendation from his National Security Council on Friday that he expel a yet-to-be-determined number of Russian diplomats from the U.S. in response to the poisonings of a former spy and his daughter on United Kingdom soil, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

"In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, Latvia is now discussing with them how to coordinate a proper response to Russian activity regarding the chemical attack on Sergei Skripal", ministry spokesman Gints Jegermanis told AFP.

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His wife, Sarah, also released a statement that said their world had been "turned upside down" and the attack was "the most traumatic event of our life". She managed to overcome reluctance from countries such as Greece and Italy to jeopardise close Kremlin ties and persuaded them to back Britain's conclusion that Moscow was to blame.

The UK's military research base, Porton Down, said a group of nerve agents known as Novichok were used in the poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the ambassador's recall was an "extraordinary measure" never before taken by the bloc.

European Council president Donald Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland, said: "It is very hard to prepare an adequate reaction to behaviour like a nerve agent attack". This is why I was focused yesterday on what is for me the most important political keep the whole community as united as possible in this very dramatic moment and situation. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, Lithuania and Poland have already given their backing to the plan to kick out Russian agents.

The expulsion of British diplomats went ahead on Friday, with a convoy of minibuses speeding out of the embassy compound to applause after British embassy staff said their goodbyes in the courtyard under a light snowfall.

THE Russian ambassador to Britain has written to the injured cop who was caught up in the spy poison attack, praising his bravery.