Published: Sun, April 18, 2021
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United Kingdom supports Czech efforts to expose Russian malign activity

United Kingdom supports Czech efforts to expose Russian malign activity

Last month, US President Joe Biden said he thought his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was a "killer" and Moscow recalled its ambassador to Washington for consultations.

Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March 2018.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the move is based on "unequivocal evidence" provided by the Czech intelligence and security services that points to the involvement of Russian military agents in the massive explosion in an eastern town that killed "two innocent fathers".

Hamacek said 18 Russian embassy staff identified as secret service personnel would be ordered to leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country within 48 hours.

These are the same names used by two Russian intelligence officers the United Kingdom says carried out the poisoning in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 2018.

Col. Mgr. Jaroslav Ibehej of the NCOZ issued the notice for the two men who were first using Russian passports with the names Alexander Petrov, born on July 13, 1979 and Ruslan Boshirov, born April 12, 1978.

Following the attack the suspects were identified as Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga.


The United States and Britain said they stood in full solidarity with the Czech Republic in the dispute with Russian Federation.

However, UK authorities said they were members of the GRU and had smeared the nerve agent on a door handle belonging to Mr Skripal, a former GRU officer.

Commenting on the decision to expel the diplomats, Jan Hamecek, the Czech interior minister, said: "We are in a similar situation to, for example, Britain with the case of the attempted poisoning in Salisbury".

Russian Federation responded by saying that its constitution does not allow its citizens to be extradited.

Hamacek said the staff identified as secret service personnel would be ordered to leave the Czech Republic within 48 hours.

The expulsion of the Russian diplomats comes just days after Poland said it had kicked out three Russian diplomats for "activities detrimental" to the country, and the USA expelled 10 Russian diplomats over the Kremlin's alleged election interference and hacking of federal agencies.

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