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Hungary not to expel Russian diplomats over Czech spy scandal

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungary was the only Visegrad Group country to choose not to expel Russian diplomats because of solidarity with the Czech Republic
12:00, 29 April 2021

Reuters

Hungary has no plans to expel Russian diplomats because of a spy scandal that erupted between the Czech Republic and Russia over the explosions in Vrbetica in 2014. The Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó stated this in an interview with RTL Híradó on April 28.

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

"We have expressed solidarity with the Czech Republic; we are not planning any other steps yet," Szijjártó said.

Related: Principle of mutuality: Ukraine to expel Russian diplomat

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.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow. The ministry also demanded that the number of locally hired staffers at the Czech Embassy be reduced to the same level as that of the Russian Embassy in Prague. 

Related: Moscow expels diplomats from Baltic states, Slovakia

The UK voiced support for the Czech Republic. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also mentioned the poisoning in Salisbury, which is suspected to be conducted by members of the Russian GRU. 

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

And Romania also expelled the Russian diplomat

 

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