The Czech Prime Minister announced the government’s decision to expel two representatives of the Russian embassy, which, according to him, is connected with the history of Russian diplomat delivering ricin poison to the country.
It is reported by RIA Novosti.
"We are a sovereign state, and such actions are unacceptable for us. In this situation, we decided: two employees of the Russian embassy were called persons non grata", - Babish told reporters.
The Russian embassy announced unproven accusations and "fabricated provocation", calling the decision of the Czech authorities an unfriendly move.
On April 27, the Czech publication Respekt reported that in early April, a Russian with a diplomatic passport arrived in Prague. He was met by the car of the Russian embassy, which took him to the building of the diplomatic corps. Police officers discovered poison ricin from a Russian citizen who arrived. Law enforcement authorities said that he was preparing an assassination attempt on the mayor of the city of Zdenek Grzyb and the head of the district administration of the city of Ondrzej Kolarz.
Allegedly, the crime was prepared in connection with the fact that potential victims are related to the demolition of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev and the renaming of the square in front of the Russian embassy in honor of Boris Nemtsov.
Later, on May 11, Czech special services named the unknown, pointing to the head of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Prague, Andrei Konchakov. In the Kremlin, statements about the planned assassination attempts were called a "duck." The next day, the Russian embassy in Prague reported threats to the Russian diplomat due to bullying in the Czech media. A diplomatic official had to turn to the Czech side for police protection.
However, the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman expressed doubts about the reliability of information about the upcoming poisoning. The head of the Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs, Jan Gamachek, also declared the absence of any evidence from the police and special services.