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    The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini attends a press conference, as the shadow of Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski is seen in the background, after a meeting with foreign ministers of Central and South-Eastern European countries, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

    Mogherini Held Consultations With Recalled EU Ambassador to Russia

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    Alleged Poisoning Attack on Russian Ex-Spy Skripal in UK (226)

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Sunday held consultations with EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer, the EU diplomatic service said in a press release.

    The meeting took place after on Thursday, the European Council sided with London in claiming that Moscow was "highly likely" behind the recent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the UK city of Salisbury and the EU leaders then agreed to recall Ederer for consultations.

    "High Representative Federica Mogherini held today consultations with the Head of European Union Delegation in the Russian Federation, Markus Ederer, who has arrived in Brussels after having been recalled for consultations as requested by the European Council on Friday," the statement said.

    Ederer will continue consultations with EU officials in the coming days, the EU External Service added in its press release.

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    Skripal, a former Russian intelligence agent who then worked for the Mi6, has been hospitalized in a critical condition together with his daughter Yulia on March 4. They are currently being treated for exposure to what the UK experts believe to be the A234 nerve agent.

    London claimed that the substance was related to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused Moscow of orchestrating the attack and expelled 23 Russian diplomats as a punitive measure.

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    The Russian side has strongly rejected the accusations and offered assistance in the investigation. However, Moscow's request for samples of the chemical substance used to poison Skripal was turned down. Moscow also expelled UK diplomats and ordered the British Council to stop its activities in Russia in response to the UK move.

    Alleged Poisoning Attack on Russian Ex-Spy Skripal in UK (226)
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