“The United Kingdom expresses its full support to its Czech allies, who have discovered the extent to which Russian correspondents can go to carry out harmful and dangerous operations in Europe … Russia must refrain from actions that violate the basic principles of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.
This is how the United Kingdom responds to the events of Saturday night, when Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO), together with Minister of the Interior and Foreign Affairs Jan Hamaczek (CSSD) in one person, announced that the Czech security forces revealed the Russian involvement of secret services in the explosion in 2014.
Also on Sunday, Slovakian Foreign Minister Ivan Koroc expressed his support for the Czech Republic and condemned the subversive activities against the security of the Czech Republic.
Based on these results, Hamáček decided to expel 18 Russian diplomats, who were assessed by Czech correspondents as Russian agents. Moscow will likely respond in kind.
Weapons were to travel to Ukraine
It is not clear why the Russians were involved in the ammunition explosion at Verbitis. However, there is speculation that weapons intended for the battlefields were to be stored in eastern Ukraine or Syria, where the Russian Federation is also militarily involved. According to information from Novinky, it was a battlefield in Ukraine and Moscow was about preventing the export of weapons to the Donbas.
Czech criminal investigators from the National Center for Combating Organized Crime are looking “in connection with the investigation of the circumstances of the serious crime” of two men with Russian passports who were traveling in Prague and the Moravian-Silesian and Zlin regions at the time of the province of Vorbitis. Explosion.
According to photos and names from the wanted passports, these are the same men who are suspected of poisoning former Russian secret agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury, Britain, in 2018.
In their initial reactions, Russian politicians described the claims of Czech government politicians as absurd and expected retaliatory measures against Czech diplomats.