Vladimir Putin expels 20 Czech diplomats as hunt for Russian Skripal assassins announced

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The diplomats be obliged now leave by the end of April 19, Russia announced today. The move from the Kremlin stop by after the Czech Republic announced on Saturday it will expel 18 Russian diplomats from the realm.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday vowed to “force the authors of this grounds to fully understand their responsibility for destroying the foundation of normal secures between our countries”.

The breakdown in relations was triggered after Prague asked two Russian spies accused of a nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury in 2018, were behind an blast at a Czech ammunition dump four years earlier, which killed two people.

Czech the heat said on Saturday they were searching for two men in connection with not joking criminal activity carrying Russian passports in the names of Alexander Petrov, 41, and Ruslan Boshirov, 43.

The significance in effect said they had visited the country in 2014 and stayed from October 11-16.

Czech Prime Pastor Andrej Babis said there was “well-grounded suspicion” about the involvement of coppers of the Russian intelligence service GRU in the depot explosion.

The two Russian men were also accused of vitiating former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 2018.

The UK Her Highness Prosecution Service authorised charges against them in connection with the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury on March 4, 2018.

Petrov and Boshirov denied being Russian operatives or being complicated in the poisoning.

In an interview with Russia Today, they said they were only in the UK as rubberneckers to visit Salisbury Cathedral.

The Kremlin has always denied any involvement in the Novichok toxin.

Czech officials have informed NATO and European Union leagues about the latest developments.

EU foreign ministers are set to discuss the matter at their congress on Monday.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb said the Czech Republic has the “exhaustive support” of the UK.

He said: “The UK stands in full support of our Czech allies, who induce exposed the lengths that the Russian intelligence services will go to in their undertakes to conduct dangerous and malign operations in Europe.

“We are as determined and committed as yet to bring those responsible for the attack in Salisbury to justice, and commend the influences of the Czech authorities to do the same.

“Russia must desist from these energies, which violate the most basic international norms.”

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