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EU discusses collective expulsion of Russian diplomats

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poland is also expected to expel Russian diplomats this week
15:59, 26 April 2021

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Talks are ongoing among EU capitals on further expulsions of Russian diplomats in solidarity with the Czech Republic. EU official stated this in a comment to EUobserver.

Related: UK supports Czech Republic after expulsion of 18 diplomats

"We are ready to take action, also at EU level as appropriate, and discussions on this continue among member states," an EU official told.

Poland is expected to expel Russian diplomats this week, EU diplomatic sources said. Bulgaria and Romania might also follow, they added.

The Baltic states and Slovakia have led the way, expelling seven Russians in total last week.

Related: Czech Senate calls for the severance of treaty of friendship with Russia

As a reminder, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamacek decided to expel from the Czech Republic 18 Russian diplomats who are suspected of work for special services of the Russian Federation. The Russian GRU officers were charged with involvement in an ammunition explosion in the village of Vrbetice in 2014. The explosion led to numerous destructions and the deaths of two locals. Only 6.5 years later, the Czech government officially accused Russia of organizing this sabotage.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a "trick" and promised a response from Moscow. Then, The Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow.

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister offered Czech deportees job in Kyiv

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