CZECH REPUBLIC EXPELLS TWO RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT OVER HOAX POISON PLOT


06/06/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Two Russian diplomats are being expelled by the Czech government amid a hoax poison plot against three Prague politicians. The government in Prague says infighting between Russian embassy staff resulted in one of them sending details of the fictitious plot to Czech intelligence.

In a statement on Friday, Andrej Babiš, the prime minister, said the whole plot had been invented. “The entire case came to be as a result of internal feuding among workers at the [Russian] embassy,” he said. “One of them sent false information about a planned attack against Czech politicians to our counter-intelligence service”. Babiš announced that he was expelling two Russian diplomats, saying: “We are interested in having good relations with all countries, but we are a sovereign state and such actions are unacceptable on our territory.” He gave no more details about the new information.

Furthermore, Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said Russia's approach had left his country with no option but to expel the diplomats "even though we're aware of the expected reciprocal steps".

The Russian embassy in Prague dismissed the expulsion on its Facebook page as "provocation". "Based on ungrounded accusations in the media from the beginning, this hostile step shows Prague is not interested in normalizing Russian-Czech relations, which have recently degraded, for which we cannot be blamed," the embassy said.


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