More than 50 Russian Embassy employees leave Czech Republic – Russian politics and diplomacy
PRAGUE, May 29. / TASS /. Fifty-four Russian embassy staff in the Czech Republic sacked by the Czech government left the country on Saturday, Russian embassy spokesman Nikolai Bryakin told TASS.
“The first group of 54 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague dismissed at the initiative of the Czech side, accompanied by their relatives, left the territory of the Czech Republic,” he said.
The second group of embassy employees and their families are expected to leave the Czech Republic on May 31.
Previously, Russia and the Czech Republic agreed to reduce the number of their agents in diplomatic missions in the capitals of the two countries to parity. Each embassy will have seven diplomats and 25 administrative and technical staff, as well as 19 locally hired staff.
On April 17, Czech authorities claimed that Moscow was involved in the 2014 explosions at Vrbetice depots in the east of the country, which left two dead. Subsequently, Prague expelled 18 Russian embassy employees, calling them intelligence agents. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested the move and declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow personae non gratae.