The British Foreign Office condemned the “reckless” and “dangerous” actions of the Russian intelligence service in the Czech Republic in a statement. The statement cited that the perpetrators of the explosion in Vrbetica, Czechia, which resulted in the deaths of two people in 2014, were Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were accused of poisoning double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. , England. in 2018.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, whose assessments were included in the statement, claimed that Russian intelligence supports the Czech Republic, which exposed attempts to carry out dangerous and malicious operations in Europe. Noting that they are determined to bring the perpetrators of the Salisbury attack to justice and appreciate the steps taken by the Czech Republic in that regard, Raab called on Russia to “abandon actions that violate the most fundamental international standards.”
THE CZECH DECISION TO EXPORT 18 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS
In the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic, 2 people were killed in the explosion in 2014 and hundreds of people were evacuated from the region.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiş declared yesterday that 18 Russian diplomats worked for the Russian intelligence service and that there were serious suspicions that these people were related to an explosion at a munitions depot in the South Moravian region of the country in 2014.
Babiş announced that diplomats were asked to leave the country within 48 hours and this decision was transmitted to the Russian Embassy in Prague.
Russian agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were convicted in their country when it was revealed that they worked for the British foreign intelligence service MI6, and later arrived in England with a spy exchange, were poisoned with a chemical in Salisbury in 2018 .
The British Prime Minister of the time, Teresa May, announced that Skripal and her daughter had been poisoned with a Russian-made chemical called “Novichok.”
The British Home Office, which accused Russia of “turning Britain into a chemical weapons dump,” blamed Russian military intelligence service GRU Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for the incident.