The head of the international department of the presidential administration of the Czech Republic, Rudolf Jindrak, said that after the expulsion of 20 employees of the country’s embassy from the Russian Federation, five people will remain working there.
He added that the Czech diplomatic mission in Moscow “will leave the entire political part.”
“For the employees to leave the territory of Russia, they were given 24 hours, while the Russian diplomats expelled from the Czech Republic received 48 hours,” RIA Novosti quotes Jindrak as saying.
Earlier, Moscow declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy persona non grata. It was reported that Czech diplomats must leave the Russian Federation by the end of the day on April 19.
In addition, the Czech side was also required to bring the number of employees in Moscow in the category of those hired locally to parity with the number of employees in the same category of the Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic.
Prior to that, the Czech authorities announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian embassy, calling them intelligence officers who work under diplomatic cover. The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a resolute protest to the Czech Republic and warned of the impending retaliatory measures.