The Russian Foreign Ministry said that retaliatory measures would be taken against the Czech Republic in connection with the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
The department called this step hostile and stressed that it continues a series of anti-Russian actions taken by the Czech Republic in recent years. In addition, there is an American trace in it, the Russian Foreign Ministry is convinced. “In an effort to please the United States against the backdrop of recent US sanctions against Russia, the Czech authorities have even surpassed their overseas masters in this respect,” the ministry said.
Russia has expressed a strong protest to the Czech authorities. “We will take retaliatory measures that will make the authors of this provocation realize the full responsibility for destroying the foundations of the normal development of relations between our countries,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, the Czech Republic announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian embassy, calling them intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover. In Prague, they claim that Russian special services were involved in the explosion of an ammunition depot in the Czech village of Vrbetice in 2014.
The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova, commenting on this step, reminded the Czech authorities of the consequences of “such tricks”.
The international committee of the Federation Council believes that the Czech Republic, in addition to retaliatory measures due to the expulsion of diplomats, should receive a tangible response in the form of sanctions.
First Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Acting Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek announced his intention to raise the topic of an explosion at an ammunition depot in the village of Vrbetice at the EU ministerial meeting on April 19.