Russian and Czech embassies will have staff parity by end of May
PRAGUE, May 25 / TASS /. Staff at the Russian embassy in Prague and the Czech Republic in Moscow will be reduced to parity by the end of May, and sacked Russian diplomats will leave the Czech capital on May 29 and 31, told TASS a source of the Russian diplomatic mission. Tuesday.
“The staff of the Russian embassy in Prague, included in the process of equalizing the number of diplomatic representations on both sides, will leave the Czech Republic on May 29 and 31,” the source said.
Previously, Russia and the Czech Republic agreed to reduce the number of their staff in diplomatic missions in the capitals of the two countries to parity. Each embassy will have 7 diplomats and 25 administrative and technical employees.
On April 17, the Czech authorities claimed that Moscow was involved in the 2014 explosions at the Vrbetice depots in the east of the country, which killed two people and expelled 18 Russian embassy employees, calling them intelligence officers. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested the move and declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow personae non gratae.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that over the past seven years Prague has had no grounds or evidence to accuse Russia of its involvement in the Vrbetice incident.