The Czech government has declared two Russian diplomats, involved in a scandal surrounding an assassination attempt on Czech politicians, persona non grata. This was announced by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš, Novinky reports.
According to the PM, Russian diplomats are the authors of a fictional story about the planned poisoning of Czech politicians with a deadly poison - ricin.
"Data from the Information Security Service clearly indicate that the whole story arose as a result of an internal struggle at the Russian Embassy in Prague, and one of them (diplomat - ed.) sent targeted information about the planned attack on Czech politicians to the BIS," he said.
Babiš noted that the situation complicated relations between the two countries.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said that the Czech side had tried to resolve the issue "secretly and diplomatically", but it had proved impossible.
"The approach of the Russian Federation leaves us no choice but to expel these diplomats," Petříček said.
As we reported earlier, Mayor of Prague 6 Ondrej Kolar believed that his life was under threat due to the removal of a statue of Soviet World War Two commander Marshal Ivan Konev from his district's square.
“I can really only tell you that I have been given police protection. It was provided to me on the basis of certain realities ... that there is Russian man here whose task is to liquidate me,” he stated.