The Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have ordered the evacuation of four Russian diplomats working in the embassy to show their solidarity with the Czech Republic.
Lithuania is sending two Russian diplomats back home, and Latvia and Estonia are sending one each. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told reporters that the expelled diplomats used diplomatic cover to conduct espionage activities.
He said: “Russian secret espionage activities in the EU should be reduced. Our Czech colleagues have clarified their unprecedented activities.”
The Czech Republic said last week that two Russian spies were accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripalj with neurotoxins in the United Kingdom in 2018, which was the cause of the explosion in the Czech ammunition depot in 2014. Two people were killed.
On Thursday, Lithuania called on NATO members to support the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats on Saturday. On Thursday, it ordered Russia to deport most of its diplomats.
Russia subsequently expelled 20 Czech diplomats.
Last Friday, Russia also accused Poland of disrupting relations and confirmed that it was expelling five Polish diplomats in retaliation for expelling three Russians.
She set a deadline for five Polish diplomats to leave the country on May 15 and condemned Poland’s expulsion of Russian diplomats as “ridiculous.”
The statement said: “This is another confirmation that Warsaw has consciously taken toward the further deterioration and destruction of our bilateral relations.”
At the same time, Poland condemned Russia’s decision to expel its five diplomats, which was an aggressive action aimed at igniting relations with neighboring countries, and added that Russia has the right to take an “appropriate response.”
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: “Russia’s decision is another example of a radical policy and deliberate gesture to ignite relations with neighboring countries and the entire international community.”