Greece, Austria, Portugal among countries not to expel Russian diplomats
March 27, 2018
The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated response to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK – and this although there is no solid evidence on who is really behind the attack. It is said to be the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history. However, some countries refuse to join this remarkable show of solidarity. Greece, Austria, Portugal and New Zealand are among the countries with no intention to expel Russian diplomats. More than 20 countries have aligned with the UK, expelling more than 100 diplomats.
Athens Yet Undecided on Expelling Russian Diplomats as Greeks Value Russia Ties
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Greece has not yet taken the decision to expel Russian diplomats over the Skripal case despite London’s pressure, as the Greek people are against aggravation of relations with Russia, a diplomatic source told Sputnik on Tuesday.
“For the moment, Greece has not announced or taken any decisions on the expulsion of Russian diplomats. The leadership of the country is in a difficult situation, as the Greek public perceives any steps that could lead to aggravation of relations with Russia negatively,” the source said.