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Czech Republic expels 18 Russian embassy staff

2021 Apr 18, 12:13, Prague, Czech Republic
FILE - The headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is seen with US, RFE/RL and the Czech Republic flags in the foreground in Prague, on January 15, 2010. Photo: AP via RSS

The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian embassy staff from the Russian embassy in Prague, said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday.

The expelled, who was allegedly "identified as members of the Russian secret services", will have to leave the Czech Republic within 48 hours, said Czech Interior Minister and also acting Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek.

According to local media reports, the move comes in response to evidence obtained by the country's security services which suggests Russia's involvement in two ammunition depot explosions in 2014 in the Czech Republic which killed two people.

In response to the Czech decision, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying on Saturday by TASS news agency that "Prague is well aware what follows such 'tricks'.


Czech Republic Russian embassy Embassy Staff Expelled Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek Security Service Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova TASS news agency
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