The Czech Republic is due to expel 18 Russian ambassadors on suspicion of having Russian paramilitaries involved in an eagle attack at a Czech cemetery in 2014.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that based on “incontrovertible evidence” from Czech Security, there was “suspicion” that the commanders of the 29155 Russian military GRU had participated in the violence near the village of Vrbetice, in which two people were killed.
“The Czech Republic is an independent country and should be held accountable for its unprecedented actions,” Babis said in a statement on Saturday evening, adding that the investigation was continuing.
Russian officials have denied Russia’s involvement in the blasts. Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy head of the international relations committee at the Federation Council, Russia’s parliament, said the Czech allegations were “baseless”.
“We have never done that in our life. I’m stupid. Why should we blow up another bomb in the Czech Republic? “He told Russian company Tass. “This is an event to help the American people.”
The expulsion from the Czech Republic comes as a result of protests in major western cities in Russia the army hangs on its borders with Ukraine, as well as new conflicts between Washington and Moscow.
On Thursday, the US ruled new punishments in Russia, including individuals and companies accused of participating in US elections and engaging in online threats. Russia returned the next day to explaing 10 US embassies and consulates to legalize those who have been allowed to remain in the country.
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek said the relationship between Czech-Russia and Russia was strained by the recent lineage, but that the Czech Republic had no choice but to take action on its security measures.
“We are in the same situation as the United Kingdom in the matter of. . . attempted poisoning in Salisbury, “he said, referring to an attempt to assassinate former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in 2018.
Russia has refused to participate in the assassination attempt, which was carried out using novichok veins.
Hamacek said 18 Russians deported from the Czech Republic were known to be working smartly in Russia with GRV and SVR and had 48 hours to leave the country.
In the meantime, the Czech police have released a request to help search for the two men who were allegedly in the Czech Republic from October 11 to October 16, 2014, a day of explosion at a disposal site.
He said the men had various passports, including Russians with the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – names used by two Russian police officers. case and the UK and attempted murder of Skripal.
All these men he refuses to take part in any attempted assassination, claiming that they were athletes who went to Salisbury to visit the famous English church.
However, the attempted assassination brought him great waves of Tit-for-tat expulsion between the west and Russia since the end of the Cold War.
U.S. prosecutor in Prague, Jennifer Bachus, says the US has stood by the Czech Republic, which it calls a “permanent ally”.
“We appreciate their hard work in stabilizing Russia for their Czech security,” he said.