Russia calls expulsion of 18 diplomats from Czech Republic “tricks”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman promised a response from Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a “trick” and promised a response from Moscow, RBC reports.

“Prague is well aware what follows such ‘tricks’,” she said.

Czech First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who is also Acting Foreign Minister, said at news conference earlier that the Czech Republic was expelling 18 employees of the Russian embassy, who are Russian intelligence officers in the Czech special services’ version.

Meanwhile, Ukraine expels a senior diplomat from the Russian embassy in Kyiv. He must leave Ukrainian territory within 72 hours starting from April 19. This is stated in the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The corresponding decision was made in connection with the expulsion of the Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg, Oleksandr Sosonyuk.

“In response to this provocation, the senior diplomat of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv must leave the territory of Ukraine within 72 hours starting from April 19,” the message says.

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5 comments

  • What’s this Maria, no denials, no accusing the Czechs of being US puppets?

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  • She did not deny the crime committed by these FSB terrorists. Holy Maggy!

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  • This hostile step was a continuation of a series of anti-Russian actions undertaken by the Czech Republic in recent years. One cannot fail to see the American trail as well. In an effort to please the United States against the backdrop of recent American sanctions against Russia, the Czech authorities have even surpassed their overseas masters in this regard.

    We will take retaliatory measures that will make the authors of this provocation realize their full responsibility for destroying the foundations of the normal development of relations between our countries.

    According Maria.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “Prague is well aware what follows such ‘tricks’,”
    Not tricks, but righteous action. What will follow are mafia tears and snot flowing like Niagara.

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  • 20 Czech diplomats expelled from Moscow

    20:54, 18 April 2021Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has declared 20 diplomats of the Czech Embassy in Moscow persona non grata. All of them must leave Russia by the end of April 19.

    On Sunday evening, the ambassador of the Czech Republic Vitezslav Pivonka was urgently summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was told about the measures taken.

    They were a response to the expulsion from Prague of 18 employees of the Russian embassy, ​​whom the Czech authorities consider to be agents of the GRU and SVR. The Czech Republic also accused the Russian special services of involvement in the explosions at military depots in Vrbetica in 2014.

    On suspicion of organizing the explosions, the Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were put on the wanted list. Earlier, Great Britain called them employees of the GRU, who poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

    Moscow called Prague ‘s accusations absurd and unfounded.

    The Czech Republic believes that the Russian special services are behind the explosions at the ammunition depots in Vrbetica, and Petrov and Boshirov may have something to do with this. All the details of this story
    10 hours ago
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