US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held telephone talks with Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis, during which the actions of Russia were discussed. This was reported on the website of the US Department of State.
"Secretary Blinken emphasized US solidarity with the Czech Republic in its courageous response to Russia’s subversive and deadly actions on Czech soil," the statement reads.
Blinken and Babis also agreed on the need to maintain unity and resolve “in response to Russia’s destabilizing actions.”
In conclusion, Blinken stressed that the Czech government’s decisions to exclude Rosatom from the Dukovany nuclear tender and dramatically reduce the Russian intelligence presence in Prague have increased the security of the Czech Republic and the NATO Alliance.
As we reported earlier, 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.
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.