Under pressure from the EU and UK the Irish government are considering the expulsion of Russian diplomats in light of the nerve agent attack on a former spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter in a Salisbury restaurant that also injured a police detective.
The UK has alleged the attack was carried out by Russian agents under direct orders from the Kremlin, something Russia has virulently denied and suggested that the British themselves may have carried out the attack as a false flag to demonize their country.
The UK has expelled 23 Russian diplomats it has claimed were engaged in espionage. After support from Brussels for UK’s assertion of Russian guilt, some EU states have said they would also consider expelling Russian diplomats.
Taoiseach Varadkar has said he will order a security assessment of Russian diplomats in Ireland to determine if they may in fact be spies.
The EU has also recalled its ambassador from Moscow in protest at the nerve agent attack.