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Saturday 23 June 2018

Expelled Russian diplomat leaves Ireland as investigation into nerve agent attack continues

Police at the scene of the Salisbury attack (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Police at the scene of the Salisbury attack (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Shona Murray

The Russian diplomat expelled from Ireland as part of the Salisbury investigation has left the country.

A high level group recommended to the Irish government that the named individual leave the country by last night.

The British investigation into the attempted assassination of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remains live.

A family relative has been denied entry in to the UK to visit them.

Their cousin Viktoria, who had applied for a short-term entry visa, says the pair became sick as they perhaps “ate something wrong”.

In the meantime, an Irish diplomat is making their way back to Dublin following a tit for tat expulsion by the Kremlin.

The Irish government has criticized the Russian move as “unjustified”.

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