The Czech Republic left the two Russian diplomats, who informed the authorities ordered to leave the country within 48 hours. This is with reference to the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs Czech Republic Tomasz Peter announced June 7, broadcaster CNN Prima News.
Declared persona non grata Russians flew from Prague to Moscow by plane of the Russian company “Aeroflot” which was carrying out regular flight.
The decision of the Czech government to expel two Russian diplomats became known on 5 June. In this step, the Czech government went after the publication of information about the arrival of a Russian diplomat who allegedly planned to poison the number of Czech politicians.
April 26, 2020 edition Respekt published an investigationalleging that Prague has arrived the employee of the Russian special services with a diplomatic passport, which with me could be the poison ricin to poison a number of Czech officials, including the mayor of the Czech capital Zdenek Griba and head of the administration of the district Prague 6 ondřej Kolář.
Kolář was one of the initiators of the Prague dismantling of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev and Grzyb – renaming the square in front of the Russian Embassy in honor of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. After the arrival of the killer, according to Respekt, Kolář and Griba secured.
After the article Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic sent a note of protest. “The Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic categorically rejects such scandalous and false insinuations. Contained in the publication fantasies have absolutely no basis”, – said in a statement.
On April 28 a press-the Secretary the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Zuzana Stihova told reporters that the Russian note is “inappropriate attempt to violate the freedom of the press”, said the Agency České noviny. She said that the Ministry had sent its note to the Russian Embassy, which stated that the Czech Republic will not interfere in the work of journalists, and recalled the Agreement on friendly relations between the Czech Republic and Russia in which both sides pledged not to interfere in the internal Affairs of each other.
The decision to expel Russian diplomats , the Russian foreign Ministry called “a boorish act” and tied the events with membership of Czech Republic to NATO.