Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, said that the Czech Republic, expelling Russian diplomats, is following the Russophobic channel of the United States, TASS reports.
According to the deputy, the grounds for the expulsion of the diplomatic mission employees from the country do not stand up to criticism, as well as references to the events of 2014.
Slutsky also noted that this decision of the Czech authorities is a serious blow to bilateral relations with Russia.
“As is customary in such cases, retaliatory measures from our side will surely follow,” the head of the committee emphasized.
Recall that earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek, who is also acting as Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced the decision of the country’s authorities to expel 18 employees of the Russian Embassy, who, according to local special services, are allegedly officers of Russian intelligence. They are also suspected of involvement in an explosion at an ammunition depot in eastern Czech Republic in 2014.
The day before, US President Joe Biden approved a package of new sanctions, which includes the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Moscow will respond to the decision of the American authorities in a mirror image.