Hungary has expelled a Russian diplomat in response to Russia’s alleged nerve-agent attack against a former Russian spy living in Britain, deputy state secretary Tamas Menczer said on Monday.
Hungary’s decision comes after European Council President Donald Tusk said after an EU summit last week that over the coming days EU member states would take steps against Russia over the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
On Monday, EU member states and Ukraine announced the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats as a show of solidarity with Britain. The US has so far expelled 60 diplomats while Canada has removed four.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov and the Russian MFA’s Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova both said that the Kremlin regrets some countries’ decision to eject Russian diplomats and Russia will respond to it based on the principle of reciprocity, Russian news agency TASS reports.
Source: MTI, TASS