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Moscow slams U.K. as EU recalls bloc’s envoy

London’s focus is on deepening crisis with Russia: Lavrov

Russia on Friday accused Britain of trying to force its allies to take “confrontational steps”, after EU member states decided to recall the bloc’s envoy from Moscow and mulled further diplomatic action over a nerve attack row.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed Britain for garnering EU support over the poisoning of a former double agent, suggesting that London’s focus was now on making “the crisis with Russia as deep as possible”.

Brussels summit

At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders united behind British Prime Minister Theresa May in blaming Russia for the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, and agreed to recall their ambassador to Moscow for consultations. EU states are now considering whether to follow Britain’s lead in expelling Russian diplomats. Latvia said on Friday it would expel “one or several” Russian diplomats.

“As for the decision taken, we regret in this context that again such decisions are taken using the wording ‘highly likely’,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“We don’t agree with this and we repeat again that Russia absolutely definitely has nothing to do with the Skripal case.”

Mr. Lavrov slammed Britain for “feverishly trying to force allies to take confrontational steps”.

“We still do not see any facts,” State news agency RIA Novosti quoted him as saying on a visit to Hanoi.

“The absence of which makes one think that all of this is a provocation, the investigation has not even been finished yet.”

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