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Some EU countries reportedly sympathized and came out in open support of the British Prime Minister following the alleged nerve-agent attack on a Russian double-agent. But others held back.
May sounded it was “highly likely Russia is responsible” for poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia” in Britain and France, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed to consider the expulsion of Russian diplomats. But, not every EU member was found in lock-step.
The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, said the EU ambassador to Russia was being recalled to consult with Brussels over the attack, but quickly added that this was a “measure” rather than a formal “sanction” against Russia
The UK prime minister then parried, “The challenge of Russia is one that will endure for years to come. As a European democracy, the UK will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and NATO to face these threats together”.
The statement from the EU in reply read: “The European council condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent attack in Salisbury, expresses its deepest sympathies to all whose lives have been threatened”.
May next met with German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who reportedly had been “robust” in supporting Britain’s position.
A British spokesman hammered in the nail saying: “…there is no plausible explanation other than that the Russian state was responsible”, but several European leaders looked discretely away.
Earlier Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the alleged attack by Russia and offered to share intelligence with the EU in an attempt to win them over. But not all of Europe’s leaders were convinced of Russia’s involvement.
The Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, took a pragmatic approach and said: “We have to express our solidarity to the UK, to the British people, but at the same time we need to investigate”.
May next threw the bone of the UK being keen to cooperate closely on security matters with the EU, even after Brexit, which the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, shied away.
Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevičius, then took up the cudgels on behalf of Britain and asked for the World Cup to be taken away from Russia.
The demand appeared to fall on deaf ears.
Theresa May can’t be faulted for trying, but Europe and very few countries around the world are prepared to buy the story of Russia as the villain of the piece.