11:07 All spies were found!The Czech Republic announces the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats



The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats who were identified as spies. The picture shows the Russian Embassy in Prague.  (Reuters)

The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats who were identified as spies. The picture shows the Russian Embassy in Prague. (Reuters)

2021/04/18 11:07

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report]The Czech government announced on Saturday that it would expel 18 Russian diplomats who were identified as spies. The reason for the expulsion was that 18 Russian spies were involved in a large-scale bombing of an arsenal in eastern Czechia in 2014.

According to the Associated Press, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis stated that the reason why the Czech government expelled 18 Russian diplomats was because the Czech intelligence and security services provided clear evidence that Russian military personnel participated in the bombing. The bombing of an arsenal occurred on October 16, 2014. An arsenal containing 50 metric tons of ammunition exploded in the town of Vrbětice (Vrbětice) in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Two people were killed on the spot.

Jan Hamacek, who is also the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the 18 Russian diplomats were clearly identified as special agents from the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and the Military Intelligence Service (GRU). Depart from Czech Republic within hours. Hamasek emphasized that this case has seriously damaged the diplomatic relations between Czechoslovakia and Russia, and NATO and the European Union have been informed of the result and asked for their support.

After the Czech government announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats, the Czech ruling and opposition parties united in condemning the Russian move. The former chief of staff Jiri Sedivy said that the Czechs must resolutely respond to Russia’s actions; Petr Fiala, head of the Civil Democratic Party ) Also said: “This is an act of state terrorism.” The United States previously announced sanctions on Russia and expelled Russian diplomats. The Czech Republic’s move happened just two days after the US action. The US Embassy in Prague stated that the Czech Republic requires Russia to be in the Czech Republic. The U.S. agrees with the responsibility for dangerous actions on the territory. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Russia will respond to the expulsion of the Czech Republic.



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