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EU members unlikely to keep the heat up on Russia over UK spy case, says Russian envoy

April 04, 11:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian EU envoy does not expect EU states to be putting more collective pressure on Russia over the Skripal case since they failed to reach a consensus on practical steps earlier

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MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. Russian Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov does not expect EU states to be putting more collective pressure on Russia over the case of former Russian military intelligence (GRU) Colonel-turned-British spy Sergei Skripal since they failed to reach a consensus on practical steps earlier.

"I don’t think so," he answered on Wednesday when asked whether EU members might further band together to tighten the screws on Moscow. "Even in the previous round when the matter morphed into talks about solidarity with Britain, no consensus was reached on practical steps," Chizhov added.

"The only thing decided within the EU was to recall my colleague Ambassador (of the European Union to Russia Markus) Ederer for consultations in Brussels, with all remaining decisions taken on a nation-by-nation basis," he noted.

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