MOSCOW, 29 Mar — RIA Novosti. The British Ambassador in Vienna tried to put pressure on the Austrian authorities to force them to expel Russian diplomats, said the Austrian foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. Her words the publication Kronen Zeitung.
According to the Minister, the British Ambassador tried to influence the Austrian government, so they followed by several other European countries have expelled Russian diplomats. However, Austria refused such measures.
Also Kneisl responded to the criticism of the former Austrian representative to the OSCE on combating radicalization and violent extremism Peter Neumann, who accused Austria of “burning bridges”.
According to the head of the Austrian diplomacy, Vienna came to this decision not because of a possible response, but because of the need to maintain dialogue.
In addition, Kneisl stressed that Austria joined the European Union in 1995, as a neutral state that was supported by other countries.
In the British city of Salisbury on March 4, was poisoned by a British spy, a former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. London accuses Moscow of involvement in the incident, but Russia denies these allegations, calling them unsubstantiated.
A number of Western countries after the UK expelled Russian diplomats “in solidarity”. Russia promises to mirror the answer.
Which countries send the Russian diplomats