Following the declaration of two Russian diplomats persona non grata by the Czech Republic, Russia told the Czech ambassador to Moscow that it would do the same against two Czech diplomats, Reuters reports with reference to RIA news agency.
These are the "mirror measures" that have been recently announced by the press secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.
"The most important thing is that it will not only be a reciprocal mirror or symmetrical measures but of course it will be taken into account in building the course towards this state," Zakharova said.
As we reported earlier, according to Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš, expelled Russian diplomats were 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.