The Czech Republic has asked Russia to allow 20 expelled Czech diplomats to return to Moscow by tomorrow, or to expel more Russian diplomats from Prague.
Prague expelled 18 employees of the Russian embassy, which was identified as a member of the intelligence service, on Saturday after he accused two Russian spies of being accused of poisoning a nerve agent in the United Kingdom in 2018 for the reason it was in a Czech ammunition depot. explosion occurs. A few years ago, two people were killed.
Russia denied the Czech allegations, and the Kremlin called the Czech actions “provocative and hostile.”
In response, Russia expelled 20 diplomats from the Czech Embassy in Moscow, which was smaller than the diplomats of the Russian Embassy in Prague.
The Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek told reporters: “Russia’s reactionary actions are disproportionate and in fact paralyze the operation of our embassy.”
“If our diplomats cannot return to Moscow, tomorrow afternoon I will decide to reduce the number of diplomats in the Russian Embassy in Prague to adapt to the current situation of the Czech Embassy in Moscow.”
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that after the first round of expulsion, there were 5 Czech diplomats in Moscow, plus 19 other employees.
He added that the Russian Embassy in Prague now has 27 diplomats and 67 other staff.
The two countries have slightly fewer employees and consulates in other cities.