The Czechs have expelled 18 Russian diplomats as a result of the 2014 explosion
The Czech Republic is due to expel 18 Russian diplomats in 2014 because Russian security services were involved in the explosions at the Czech ammunition dump.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that based on “undoubted evidence” provided by the Czech security services, there was “strong suspicion” that officers from the Russian military intelligence service unit 29155 in Russia were involved in the explosions near the town of Vrbetice. people died.
“The Czech Republic is a sovereign state and must respond accordingly to these unprecedented findings,” Babis said in a brief appearance Saturday afternoon, adding that investigations were ongoing.
Russian officials have denied any involvement in the blasts. Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy head of the international relations committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, said the Czech allegations were “nonsense.”
“We have never done anything like this in our lives. It’s ridiculous. Why do we need to turn something on in the Czech Republic? “This is just an invented situation, to help the Americans,” he told Russia’s Tass news agency.
Czech expulsions are among the concerns that are emerging around a Russian in the western capitals military construction On the border with Ukraine, as well as new tensions between Washington and Moscow.
On Thursday, it was imposed by the US new penalties About Russia, among others, accused of participating in efforts to intervene in the US elections and carry out cyberattacks. Russia struck the next day expelling Imposing restrictions on 10 U.S. diplomats and those authorized to stay in the country.
Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamace has said that Czech-Russian relations will inevitably suffer as a result of the last row, but that the Czech Republic has no chance to react to the information provided by its security services.
“We are in a similar situation in the UK… An attempt at intoxication in Salisbury,” he said, referring in 2018 to the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
Russia has denied any involvement in the attack, which was carried out using a nerve agent.
Hamace said all 18 Russians to be expelled from the Czech Republic have been identified as working for the Russian GRU and SVR intelligence agencies and will have 48 hours to leave the country.
Meanwhile, the Czech Police request seeking help for two men who were in the Czech Republic from 11 October to 16 October 2014, the day the ammunition dump exploded.
He said the men carried several passports, including the names of the Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – nicknames used by two Russian intelligence officials. charged United Kingdom with Skripal’s assassination attempt.
Both men denied anyone involved in the assassination attempt, saying that they were sports nutritionists who went to see the famous English city cathedral with the exception.
However, the attack created one of the biggest waves tit-for-tat expulsions since the end of the Cold War between the West and Russia.
The U.S. head of business in Prague, Jennifer Bachus, said the U.S. is with the Czech Republic, which she described as a “firm ally.”
“We are grateful for the important action taken by Russia to establish costs for the dangerous actions on Czech lands,” he said.