Latvia could expel Russian spies next week

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In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union member states, Latvia will decide on the expulsion of suspected Russian security service operatives working under diplomatic cover, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (Unity) told Latvian Radio March 23.

"Latvia, together with a row of other EU member states, will support the United Kingdom and decide on the expulsion of Russian secret service employees working under diplomatic cover. The concrete details will be coordinated [with other EU countries], and it could take place next week," he said.

He also said that Latvia is not recalling Latvia's ambassador to Russia, Māris Riekstiņš, who will continue at his post.

On Friday the EU recalled its ambassador from Moscow after leaders on the continent threw their weight behind Theresa May’s stance over attempted Russian assassinations in the UK.

Meanwhile the office of Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis relased a statement saying "Latvia categorically condemns the attack on March 4th in Salisbury, Great Britain. Latvia shares solidarity with Britain in this challenge to our common security and is ready to provide Britain with the necessary support both within a bilateral framework and within the framework of the EU, NATO and the UN to agree on joint action."

"Latvia agrees with the British government's assessment that Russia is likely to be responsible for the attack in Salisbury," the statement added.

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