Greece, Austria, Portugal Among Countries Not To Expel Russian Diplomats

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 (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, as KeepTalkingGreece reports, 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.

Russia vowed to retaliate to the “provocative gesture”.

Russia denies any role in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, southern England. The pair remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

EU leaders agreed last week it was highly likely Russia was behind the nerve-agent poisoning.

Mrs May said:

“President Putin’s regime is carrying out acts of aggression against our shared values and interests within our continent and beyond. And as a sovereign European democracy, the United Kingdom will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and with Nato to face down these threats together.”

The Russian foreign ministry said the moves demonstrated a continuation of a “confrontational path”.

“It goes without saying that this unfriendly act by this group of countries will not go without notice and we will react to it,” its statement said.

Countries announced they were making the same move in solidarity on Monday. These are:

  • US: 60 diplomats
  • EU countries: France (4); Germany (4); Poland (4); Czech Republic (3); Lithuania (3); Denmark (2); Netherlands (2); Italy (2); Spain (2); Estonia (1); Croatia (1); Finland (1); Hungary (1); Latvia (1); Romania (1); Sweden (1)
  • Ukraine: 13
  • Canada: 4, plus the rejection of 3 further applications from Russia
  • Albania: 2
  • Australia: 2
  • Norway: 1
  • FYROM: 1

Late Monday, Ireland said to expel a number of Russian diplomats in line with other EU countries.

EU countries that have said they have no intention of expelling diplomats include Austria, Greece and Portugal, although all have said they support the UK and condemn the poisoning.

On its part, New Zealand said...

Source: KeepTalkingGreece.com

Comments

EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:55 Permalink

This is all so stupid.  Putin should retaliate by declaring a no-fly zone over the whole of Syria.  As Russia is the only 3rd party legally in Syria... who could possibly complain?

rejected Heros Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:02 Permalink

"the only country capable of becoming the defender of the white race."

Why would any self respecting white nation, (are there any?),  want to 'save' the self hating white trash land whales of the West?  It's one thing to go down fighting and quite another to go down whimpering.  Saving the West Caucasians would only serve to infect their gene pool. 

 

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Heros rejected Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:17 Permalink

Actually I should have said "White Races".

They need to stick together because demographics is destiny.  Whether the current crop of "westerners" may be beyond redemption is open to discussion, but I am certainly not the only contributor to ZH with grandchildren who are not yet lost.

This difference in attitude and values between childless and grandchildless people, and those who have a multigenerational perspective on life, is becoming quite visible.  It is another crack in society that the jew has inserted his talmudic crowbar into.

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luckylongshot Whoa Dammit Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:43 Permalink

What is amazing is the lack of thinking many countries have exhibited on this issue. The intelligent approach is to wait until all the evidence has been gathered and then draw a conclusion based on the evidence. The stupid approach is to draw a conclusion without looking at the evidence. In the jackass awards for unbelievable stupidity by political representatives who should know better we now have a short list...headed by the Uk and closely followed by the US and its vassals.

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activisor luckylongshot Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:55 Permalink

It is no coincidence that this event has coincided with the launch of the petro-yuan. The world order is changing and the Deep State doesn't like it up em as they say. There is a gradual but very real change in global awareness going on which has the Cabal worried, hence the acts of desperation. It will be good to see the back of these global criminals as they slowly begin to disappear.

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activisor luckylongshot Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:57 Permalink

It is no coincidence that this event has coincided with the launch of the petro-yuan. The world order is changing and the Deep State doesn't like it up em as they say. There is a gradual but very real change in global awareness going on which has the Cabal worried, hence the acts of desperation. It will be good to see the back of these global criminals as they slowly begin to disappear.

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Dark star Looney Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:46 Permalink

I'm with looney on this. There is an appearance of solidarity without the solidarity.

UK 23, US 60.

France, Germany, Poland 4

Czech Republic, Lithuania, 3

Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Albania, Australia;  2

Estonia,  Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Sweden, Norway, FYROM??,  1

Expelling 1, or 2 diplomats who were about to go home anyway is not solidarity; it's a pragmatic response to idiots, (May, Johnson) whom you hold in complete contempt but cannot afford to openly antagonise.

May is spinning lies.

 

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holgerdanske EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:02 Permalink

You are right. It is too stupid.

But it would be stupid of Russia to just do something to feel even.

I have more trust in Putin. He will act, when the time is right.

In any case to hope for sense and fairness from the idiotic leaders in the West is futile. And all this from the English, who, in spite of their many faults, I at least expected to be fair players.

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JohnGaltUk holgerdanske Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:10 Permalink

You have not visited the UK in a while have you.

No free speech, Court systems that implement social justice instead of the rule of law, 12 year old school girls are drugged and raped on an industrial scale and all the police & social services can do is try and cover it up. Oh god our schools are a joke. My son had his maths lesson canceled so he could listen to a member of the LGBT community talk about the pronouns they liked to be referred to. FFS, Make Britain Dumber Again.

Oh dont forget political arrests

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Killdo ManTheMan Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:01 Permalink

I managed to 'vote' against these evil masters: I once put my dick into queen Elisabeth's hat (when I worked for her hat maker) - and I also once pissed on Carl Marx's grave (not really on purpose - -I just had to piss when I was there and a friend took a photo - she was visiting and wanted to see it - the grave - not me pissing on it)

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rejected ManTheMan Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:18 Permalink

"Why can't ppl revolt against their - literally - evil masters ??"

Because, like the USA, lemming citizens believe being Great means YOU ARE the bully of the school yard,,, YOU are exceptional and YOU are indispensable while all other nations are nothings. If a nothing (Russia) dares to challenge they must be exterminated,,, ie:  the Neo-Con philosophy.  The lemmings go along because they know their well being and especially their status depends upon this relationship. This is why so many are afraid of the Dollar demise,,, which is now baked in and only a matter of time. 

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Killdo rejected Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

 lemming citizens believe being Great means YOU ARE the bully of the school yard

this is a theory and it maybe used to work in the past - but not any more. I spent many years in both countries - and both Brits and Americans are quite unhappy, lack any confidence (Americans have mania instead - a caricature of happiness - while Brits have fake arrogance - pretending to think they are superior - but really they don't know how to interact with others so they hide). 

Both countries suffer heavily from panoramic fear of everything (which is what marketing deliberately creates so to make Anglosheeple shop more and more impulsively). Everything is sacrificed to more shopping and more borrowing - sheeple feel powerless and lost and they have no confidence and no honor. 

It's a narrative nobody believes any more. 

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JohnGaltUk EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:04 Permalink

Trump has only done it to stop the MSM from beating him up.

Putin is running rings round the wests security services. The west's HR need to examine their employment practices.

I am going to ask Putin to invade us so he can liberate the average UK citizen from the tyranny we are all now living under.

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just the tip EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

that is exactly what the US wants him to do. 

so they can violate it. 

if anyone has the right to declare a no fly zone over syria, it is the assad gov't.  and if assad does it.  see above.

what putin could do is double the over flight fees of international flights.  don't prevent them.  double the fees.  that and double the cost of the RD-180.

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EuroPox just the tip Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:32 Permalink

Assad can't do it unless Russia wants it (and provides the hardware).  

I doubt the US would be the first to violate it - they would probably send a Turk or two first (to see what happens)... maybe (((they))) would send some rockets from The Golan Heights (to see if they get shot down)... 

I just don't understand why Putin and Lavrov still talk about their western 'partners' - they know that there is not a single western country that is trustworthy.

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JBLight just the tip Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:48 Permalink

This is why it is so difficult to truly know what's going on. The US and Russian militaries have very quiet but very real agreements to keep away from each other in Syria. They give each other a heads up when one is about to bomb, giving the other a chance to remove any of their planted people. That's exactly what happened with Turkey when they rolled in on the Kurds. Remember when the US originally said they were creating a security force in that region? Then they had to backpedal because Russia told them they were giving Turkey the green light. The US had to hightail it out of there.

It's this quiet cooperation that makes me think most of the anti-Russia hysteria released by the MSM is a show for the deep state. They've already lost but this makes them think they're still in some kind of control. This is also why Russia will respond with equal measures to these expulsions. They don't have to do more. 

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shortonoil EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:24 Permalink

Obviously this is nothing but hyperbole. It is a rather stupid, unsubstantiated accusation about some Russians poisoning two ex Russian spies. It is a half assessed attempt by the Western powers to continue a 70 year confrontation. A confrontation that is the only possible remaining justification for their massive military expenditures. Expenditures that any sane person would rather spend on our collapsing infrastructure, ghetto cities, and schools that can teach kids how to read and write. Contrary to an intelligent decision our masters have decided that the money should be spent on bombing mud huts in Yemen. They have run out of causes to explain their actions: no one still believes the story about the malicious nigger hiding in a desert cave with a great big pile of nukes.

 

At some point the people must decide; to be continually shit upon by a pack of psychopathic nut jobs, or buy a big spool of robe. Old Ben Franklin would have voted for the rope!

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africoman EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:49 Permalink

I am afraid that is deemed dangerous for Russians/Syrians, first they must finish terrorist out of Syria and prepare for it.

if they can create these much chaos based on lies, imagine how much ballistic/nuclear they would take the situation and engaged in the invasion of Syria, aka direct confrontation and hence the big war, possibly result in nuclear one that no one prepared for.

So Russia isn't fool to halt power to EU nor retaliate as you put it.

There is time

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veritas semper… EuroPox Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

And the countries who expelled most Russian diplomats are US and UK .

can we conclude that these two countries are behind the Skripal's case?

Maria Zakharova seems to think so. And she should know something.

Maria,#Zakharova,named the customers of the case of #Skripal,the number of #Russian Diplomats expelled clearly indicates that the #US and #Britain are behind the provocation with poisoning of the #British spy-defector S,#Skripal.

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Davidduke2000 Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:55 Permalink

180 countries sided with Russia against the us and its 19 vassals propaganda.

no effort was ever made to show the man and his daughter pretending to be dying, no effort was made to follow international law to provide evidence.

The people of the world are now the jury waiting for the prosecutors to present their case, the more the us and uk wait the less the jury would believe them and eventually they would reject the case off hand.