The Russian Ambassador, Mr. Yury Filatov, leaving the Department of Foreign Affairs after being told by the Secretary General that a named diplomat had ten days to leave the coutry as a result of the Salisbury attack.
“In essence Taoiseach, you are asking us to trust Boris Johnson, and I dare say that this may not be the wisest course of action,” [Mary Lous McDonald told the dail]
Ms McDonald accused the Taoiseach of attempting to dismantle Ireland’s neutrality.
However Leo Varadkar said the decision was taken following an assessment carried out by Irish security services, including the defence forces and gardaí.
“This is very much an act of solidarity with the United Kingdom,” he said, but added that Ireland had no quarrel with the Russian people.
He said the decision on the individual person asked to leave was based on advice from gardaí and military intelligence….
Stand to be corrected but did the BBC know about the expulsion of one Russian diplomat an hour before the Dept of Foreign Affairs issued a statement. William Crawley (BBC Talkback, below) tweeted at 11.09am. https://t.co/qtLEcIRtYA
William Crawley of the BBC reporting that Ireland will expel one Russian diplomat. So, no prior consultation with the Opposition then!
And Coveney was obviously acting on decision made at European Council level, rather than on yesterday’s “security assessment”. https://t.co/qtLEcIRtYA
“A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was at an altitude of 6,000 meters. The pilots managed to eject from the downed jet, the ministry said, adding their fate is as yet unknown.”
“Habertürk TV reporter on the scene said that the aircraft “turned into a fireball.” Numerous witnesses wrote on social media, saying thick plumes of smoke have been rising from the jet crash site.”
“…A Turkish military official told Reuters the jet was warned before being targeted. The official added that the plane was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jets.”
[Irish-born, Moscow-based film director] Johnny O’Reilly – during a promotional interview for Moscow Never Sleeps (2015) – is cut short on live Russian TV after saying Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov was jailed by Moscow for “political reasons”….