EU assures Britain of solidarity on nerve agent case
The European Union will stand by Britain after London said it was likely that Moscow was behind a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent in England, European Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said on Tuesday (March 13).
However, the EU, which has struggled to maintain a common front in imposing sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, has made no explicit commitment to join specific actions taken by Britain as the country prepares to quit the bloc next year.
Dombrovskis, a former prime minister of ex-Soviet Latvia, did not elaborate. As the commissioner in charge of the euro, he was arriving for a meeting of EU finance ministers.
The 28 EU member states been united on sanctions on Moscow since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 but six-monthly rollovers, which require unanimity, have been subject to grumbling from some countries seeking warmer relations with Russia.
Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Moscow was “highly likely” to have been behind the attempt to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.