“I reiterated that the United States fully supports the strong and courageous response of the Czech Republic to Russia’s destabilizing and deadly actions on the Czech lands,” Blinken said on Twitter.
He was pleased to speak with the Czech Prime Minister Embed a Tweet Today. I have reiterated that the United States fully supports the strong and courageous response of the Czech Republic to the destabilizing and deadly Russian actions on Czech soil.
– Secretary Anthony Blinken (SecBlinken) May 2, 2021
The US State Department said earlier that Russia would have to pay for the attack on the ammunition depot in Verbitis. In addition to NATO and European Union officials, the European Parliament has also expressed its support, adopting a resolution on Thursday calling on member states to coordinate the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
The Czech government has released information on the involvement of Russian intelligence services in the ammunition depot bombings in Vorbitis in mid-April. Two explosions in 2014 killed two people and damaged billions.
In response, the Czechs expelled 18 Russian diplomats who had been identified as KGB officials. Moscow responded by expelling 20 Czech diplomats. The Russians eventually agreed that the number of diplomats in embassies in both countries would be equal. By the end of May, the two embassies must have a maximum of seven diplomats, 25 technicians, and 19 local employees.