#SalisburyAttack: Посланикът на ЕС в # Русия временно призова

British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed EU-27 heads of government over dinner (22 March) on the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The European Council’s 27 heads of government agreed with the United Kingdom government’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation, пише Катрин Feore.

Following last night’s dinner May told BBC reporters that there was a very full discussion on Russia and she welcomed the Council’s support.

“Russia, and the threat that Russia poses respects no borders and that is a threat to our values and it is right that here in the EU Council we are standing together to uphold those values.”

In a sign of further support for the UK, the EU’s ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer has been recalled for “temporary consultations”

In its conclusions the heads of government called on the European Commission and the High Representative to the European Union to strengthen its resilience to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear-related risks, including through closer cooperation between the European Union and its Member States as well as NATO. They called on the EU and member states to bolster their capabilities to address hybrid threats, including in the areas of cyber, strategic communication and counter-intelligence.

Some heads of government were more reserved in their views. Yesterday (23 March) Luxmbourgish Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that he would wait to hear from Theresa May. Greek Prime Minister Tspiras expressed solidarity with the UK but added that “we also need to be responsible on that issue.”

Denmark and Ireland were more fulsome in their support, with the Danish Prime Minister Lars Røkke Rasmussen saying that they were considering further unilateral action and are considering taking further steps at a national level.