The diplomats should now depart by the top of April 19, Russia introduced right this moment. The transfer from the Kremlin comes after the Czech Republic introduced on Saturday it would expel 18 Russia diplomats from the nation.
The Russian Overseas Ministry on Sunday vowed to “drive the authors of this provocation to completely perceive their duty for destroying the muse of regular ties between our international locations”.
The breakdown in relations was triggered after Prague claimed two Russia spies accused of a nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury in 2018, have been behind an explosion at a Czech ammunition dump 4 years earlier, which killed two folks.
Czech police mentioned on Saturday they have been trying to find two males in reference to severe legal exercise carrying Russian passports within the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.
The drive added they have been within the nation in days main as much as the blast on the Czech depot in 2014.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis mentioned there was “well-grounded suspicion” concerning the involvement of officers of the Russian intelligence service GRU within the depot explosion.
The 2 Russian males have been additionally accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 2018.
Petrov and Boshirov denied being Russian operatives or being concerned within the poisoning.
In an interview with Russia Immediately, they mentioned they have been solely within the UK as vacationers to go to Salisbury Cathedral.
The Kremlin has all the time denied any involvement within the Novichok poisoning
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