The head of the press service of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that the American side supports the Czech Republic in its response to Russia’s actions.
“We must act decisively in response to the actions of the Russian Federation, which threaten the territorial integrity, energy security or the vital infrastructure of our allies and partners,” he wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, 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. The official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, reminded the Czech authorities of the consequences of “such tricks.”
Moscow declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy persona non grata. Czech diplomats must leave the Russian Federation by the end of the day on April 19. It was reported that NATO expressed support to the Czech Republic in the investigation of Russia’s actions and called for the punishment of those responsible.