Czech Republic expells 18 Russian diplomats to explosion in ammunition depot

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Czech Republic wants to evict eighteen Russian diplomats. The government in Prague found proven that Russian intelligence officers were involved in an explosion in an ammunition depot in 2014.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the measure is based on โ€œunambiguous evidenceโ€ provided by the Czech intelligence and security services. There is evidence of the involvement of Russian military agents. In the explosion at the time, two people died. In a depot in the eastern city of Vrbetice, 50 tons of ammunition were stored.

According to the Czech authorities, the 18 diplomats work for Russias secret service. The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamรกcek are instructing the Russians to leave the country within 48 hours.

โ€œ The Czech Republic is a sovereign state and must respond adequately to those unprecedented findings,โ€ said Babis. Hamacek said that the case will significantly damage Czech-Russian relations.

โ€œ We are in a similar situation to Britain when attempted poisoning in Salisbury in 2018, he said. Britain then sent away dozens of Russian diplomats after Russian agents had used a Soviet era nerve gas to poison the former Russian double spy Skripal and his daughter who lived in the English city of Salisbury.