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Czech Republic asks UK, other allies to expel Russian diplomats in solidarity

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prague asks other countries to express solidarity verbally or through expelling Russian officials
13:01, 20 April 2021

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The Czech Republic stated it would like the UK and other allies to expel the Russian diplomats in solidarity with Prague as Sky News reported citing acting Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek.

"We really appreciate the voice of the UK and we are hearing similar support from the European Union and the United States. We would obviously ask for solidarity and I have asked my colleagues also to consider expelling other Russian officials that operate on their territory, but that's obviously a decision to be made by those individual countries,” Hamacek said.

Related: Ukraine expels senior diplomat of Russian Embassy in Kyiv

According to him, Prague asks other countries to express solidarity verbally or through expelling Russian officials.

On the weekends, the Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats over links to an ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Czech intelligence agencies provided clear evidence about the involvement of the officials in the blast that killed two people, Babis said.

Related: UK supports Czech Republic after expulsion of 18 diplomats

In its turn, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a "trick”. Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow.

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