MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. The Kremlin regrets that the EU has decided to withdraw from Moscow for consultations its Ambassador Markus Ederer.
“As for the decision [about the recall of Ambassador], of course, we regret in this regard, again, to use the phrase “with high probability”, these decisions are made and built such judgements,” said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
“We do not know what exactly the data appealed to the British side when she discussed the topic Skrobala with their colleagues in the European Union, we also do not know what it was agreed by the head of state of the European Union, when they talked about their support for the UK, because the Russian side, unfortunately, is not able to obtain any information from the original source in the so-called Skrypalia”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.
Press Secretary of the President did not comment on the possibility that diplomats of some EU countries from Russia or the expulsion of Russian diplomats from these States, called to wait for concrete steps by European politicians.
“First we need to wait for some decisions and to understand the basis on which they were taken, with what wording. And then you have something to say,” he told reporters.
Thus, he commented information of some media that the number of EU countries also want to follow the example of London and is considering to withdraw its diplomats from Russia or to expel Russian diplomats.
The Kremlin also no expectations from the ongoing EU summit, said Peskov. “We don’t know what to expect [from the summit], he said to journalists. Let’s wait and see.”
He added that practical solutions have from the summits of the associations in which Russia participates, in particular, the Eurasian economic Union and the CIS. “In the EU, Russia does not participate,” – reminded the press-Secretary.
A Kremlin spokesman added that the presidential administration nothing is known about the plans of five European countries to expel Russian diplomats in connection with the case Skripal.
The EU and the case Skripal
Earlier at a meeting in Brussels, the heads of state and government of the European Union decided to withdraw from Moscow for consultations of the Ambassador of EU in Russia Markus Ederer after the incident with the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury, in which London blames Russia.
As told TASS a source in the European Council, some EU countries also intend to follow the example of the UK and is considering to withdraw its diplomats from Russia or to expel Russian diplomats. According to the diplomat, “while less than half of the countries – EU members are willing to go to such measures.” Among them Poland, France and the three Baltic republics, he said.