Jacinda Ardern’s refusal to join international action against Russia could be an attempt to stake out independent credentials, but there is little to be gained

The New Zealand Labour government’s refusal to join international collective action against Russia over the nerve agent attack in the UK on former spy Sergei Skripal is perplexing.

The 26-nation solidarity coalition expelling Russian diplomats and intelligence officers from their soil includes all of New Zealand’s major security partners as well as important trade counterparts.

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