Britain’s response to Salisbury poisoning ‘loved’ Russia, Irish PM says | Business news:

The British response to the Salisbury poisoning “delighted” Moscow and expressed European complacency about the security threat posed by Vladimir Putin, said Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin.

Russian agents try to kill former Soviet spy Sergey Skripal with nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire in March 2018.

Mr Skripal, his daughter Julia and police officer Nick Bailey were seriously injured in the attack, but all three survived. Three months later, Britain’s Don Sturgess died after buying a discarded bottle that allegedly contained Novichok.

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Britain blamed two GRU agents for the attack, in response to Theresa May’s government expelling 153 Russian diplomats and announcing limited sanctions, including a diplomatic boycott of the Russian World Cup.

The attacks took place in London, 12 years after the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, using radioactive polonium by Russian agents.

Discussing the European response to the Ukraine invasion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Martin said both attacks were an example of European countries not responding harshly to Moscow’s threat.

“When you look back at Salisbury or at the London Polonium, ‘I recently watched a documentary about the first one,’ I was shocked that it was a public health attack on European citizens in the United Kingdom,” he said.

“It was horrible that they were targeting an individual, but there was a wider public health threat to a lot of people. A few diplomats were sent home. It was kind of like that.

“In the future we can be too self-sacrificing, we can be complacent, hope that in the end the better side of the country will appear.

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Mr Martin spoke with his Dutch and Slovak counterparts, both of whom called for a more united and tough response from the European Union to Russian aggression.

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger told Sky News that his country could not afford to lose Ukraine, with which it has a border. “If Ukraine fails, we are next,” he said.

“If they fail, we know Russia will go further. So this is really vital. And we need to understand, especially in the European Union, because we are, after all, one body.

“We must support Ukraine, because if they fail, it threatens us – Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia. So there are several reasons why we should help them. But the main thing is that they fight for our values. «

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The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said that Russia’s actions should push the EU to use its economic power more aggressively so that potential partners share its values.

“For too long, the EU has been a playing field, not a player,” he said. “We have to strengthen our game. We are working hard to keep the coalition united in Ukraine, but we must use the power of the internal market.

“We have the strongest market in history, everyone wants to be more connected to it, so we have to ask what we want to get in return.

“We also need to have a stronger foreign policy response, which means that the largest EU countries – Italy, France and Germany – can relinquish some of their foreign policy sovereignty. “Of course, we will have an individual foreign policy, because we are sovereign countries, but that is what we need if we want to use the collective strength of the EU.”

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Mr Martin also criticized the UK’s approach to Brexit, saying it made EU membership more popular in Ireland.

“The Brexit experience has actually developed a stronger pro-European stance, because people just looked at Brexit and said, ‘No, we do not want that with eggs or eggs, because it was not well planned or prepared to welcome our good.’ “It’s not good for Irish public opinion.”

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