In response to the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from Czech Republic Moscow for its part expels 20 Czech diplomats. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced this in Moscow on Sunday evening. According to Czech information, there are 16 diplomats and four employees without diplomatic status. You have to be by Monday evening Russia leave.
The Czech government announced on Saturday that a total of 18 employees would be employed because of Moscow's alleged involvement in the explosion of an ammunition dump at the Russian Embassy. They are said to be agents of the SWR and secret services CRANE act.
It was in October and December 2014 at the ammunition depot in Vrbetice in the east of the Czech Republic came to several explosions. Two employees of an armaments company died in the process. In addition, there was high property damage. The ammunition store was used by armaments companies. According to a report in the magazine »Respekt«, some of the goods were for the Ukraine who fights against pro-Russian separatists in the east of her country. After the explosions, Czech soldiers spent two years defusing duds and making the area safe again.
Prime Minister of Prague Andrej Babis spoke at the weekend of "clear evidence" of Russia's involvement. "The Czech Republic is a sovereign state and has to respond to these unprecedented revelations in an appropriate manner," he said. The President of the Senate, Milos Vystrcil, spoke of "state terrorism". The government gave Russian diplomats 48 hours to leave the Czech Republic.
Russia rejects any involvement in the case and spoke of an "unprecedented decision."