Czech Republic expels 18 Russian diplomats over 2014 Vrbetice incident


Prague [Czech Republic], April 18 : The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats over alleged links to an ammunition depot explosion in 2014, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said that Russian diplomats that are expelled are suspected of being officers of Russia’s special services.

“There is a reasonable suspicion that Russian secret agents of the GRU service were involved in the 2014 explosions of an ammunition dump in the Czech village of Vrbětice. The Czech Republic has consequently expelled 18 Russian diplomats,”Andrej Babis said in a tweet.

Babis said the move to banish the officials was based on “unequivocal evidence” provided by the country’s intelligence and security services.

“I just spoke to the President of the European Council @eucopresident, Charles Michel, informing him about the Vrbetice incident and the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats. I will inform our partners in more detail at the next European Council,” Prime Minister further said.

The expelled Russian diplomats in Prague have 48 hours to leave the country.

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