Russia expels 20 Czech diplomats in retaliation for expulsion from Prague

Russia expels 20 Czech diplomats in retaliation for expulsion from Prague


Russia on Sunday expelled 20 Czech diplomats in retaliation for a series of diplomatic expulsions through Prague and gave the officials concerned a little over 24 hours to leave the country.

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Russia on Sunday expelled 20 Czech diplomats in retaliation for a series of diplomatic expulsions through Prague and gave the officials concerned a little over 24 hours to leave the country.

The day before, the Czech Republic had expelled 18 Russian diplomats and said that two suspected Russian spies accused of nerve agent poisoning in Great Britain in 2018 had been behind a fatal explosion in a Czech ammunition depot four years earlier.

In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Czech ambassador to Prague for the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats.

The United States and Poland expressed solidarity with the Czech Republic’s decision to expel Russian diplomats and accused Moscow of being behind an explosion at a Czech ammunition dump in 2014.

“The US stands with the Czech Republic in its resolute response to Russia’s subversive actions on Czech soil,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on Twitter.

“We must react decisively to Russian measures that endanger the territorial integrity, energy security or critical infrastructure of our allies and partners.”

In a statement in Warsaw, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Poland fully supported the Czech Republic’s decision to expel Russian diplomats.

“Allied solidarity and quick action make us strong. Poland fully supports the decisions on the expulsion of the Russian diplomats who were involved in the 2014 munitions depot explosion, ”the ministry said on Twitter.

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