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The Russian Foreign Ministry told how much the number of diplomats in Prague will be reduced.

By May 31, the number of Russian embassy in the Czech Republic will be reduced by 35 diplomats.

This was reported to Interfax by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“By May 31, the number of the Russian embassy in Prague will be reduced by 35 diplomats and 46 administrative and technical personnel.

The number of the Czech Embassy in Moscow by this time will be reduced by 16 diplomats, four administrative and technical employees, 91 at the place of the received employee, ”the Foreign Ministry said.

At the same time, the number of employees of the consulates general of both countries will not change.

“Both sides will have seven diplomats, 25 administrative and technical and 19 in place of those who were accepted,” the Russian Foreign Ministry explained.

On April 17, the Czech authorities announced the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats, whom the country’s authorities suspect of working for the special services.

In response, Russia declared 20 Czech diplomats persona non grata.

The Czech Republic considered the response to Russia excessive and issued an ultimatum, demanding the return of its diplomats to Moscow by 12:00 on April 22.

The day before, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulganek announced a large-scale expulsion of Russian diplomats and embassy staff from Prague.

Their number will be brought to the level of the Czech diplomatic mission in Moscow.

On the evening of April 22, Czech television clarified that it was about the departure of 63 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission.

On April 17, the Czech authorities announced the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats, whom the country’s authorities suspect of working for the special services. In response, Russia declared 20 Czech diplomats persona non grata.

The Czech Republic considered the response to Russia excessive and issued an ultimatum, demanding the return of its diplomats to Moscow by 12:00 on April 22.

The day before, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulganek announced a large-scale expulsion of Russian diplomats and embassy staff from Prague.

Their number will be brought to the level of the Czech diplomatic mission in Moscow.

On the evening of April 22, Czech television clarified that it was about the departure of 63 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission.

What Prague suspects of the Russian special services..

Czech Republic accuses the employees of the Russian military intelligence – the GRU (General Staff) – of involvement in the explosions at a private ammunition depot in the village of Vrbetitsa in 2014. One of the explosions killed two people.

In this case, the Czech authorities announced Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom British intelligence suspects of involvement in the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in 2018.

As follows from the results of the Czech investigation, Russia tried in this way to disrupt the transactions of the Bulgarian arms dealer Yemelyan Gebrev, who used the warehouse and planned to supply ammunition to Ukraine in the future.

Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis argued that the explosions in Vrbetica cannot be considered an “act of state terrorism”, since they were not directed against the Czech Republic.

Russia denies involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals and the explosions in Vrbetica.

According to a joint investigation by Bellingcat and The Insider, the operation to prepare the explosions was led by the head of the GRU military unit 29155, General Andrei Averyanov, and a total of six people participated in the operation.

It is alleged that Petrov and Boshirov used passports in the names of Ruslan Tabarov and Nikolai Popa.