Britain said it was standing in the Czech Republic in the face of Russia’s “dangerous and malicious” operations in Europe after Prague united the two agents it wanted in Britain. From Sergei Scripal Addiction to Deadly Explosion..
The Czech government announced on Saturday that it would expel 18 Russian diplomats in connection with two explosions in an ammunition depot that killed two people in 2014.
At the same time, Czech police issued a wanted notice to Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. The name used by the agent is believed to be behind Scripal in Salisbury and his daughter Yuria’s 2018 Novichok addiction.
Czech police said the men had been sought after in connection with a “serious crime” and reported that they were in the country for several days before the explosion in the eastern town of Vulvetice.
In response to the news, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said, “Britain fully supports the Czech allies, who have exposed the length that Russian intelligence will spend in carrying out dangerous and malicious operations in Europe. I’m doing it. “
“This shows the pattern of behavior in Moscow after the Novichok attack in Salisbury. My sympathy lies with the families of the victims of Vulvietice.”
Mr. Raab added in a statement: “We are still determined, committed and commend the actions of the Czech authorities to bring the person responsible for the attack in Salisbury to trial. Russia must stop these actions, which violate the most basic international norms. Must be. “
Washington also expressed its support for “its strong ally, the Czech Republic.”
“We are grateful for their important action of imposing costs on Russia for dangerous actions on Czech soil,” said the US Embassy in Prague.
A statement was issued when the EU prepared to tackle the issue at a foreign ministers’ meeting on Monday. The Czech government said it had notified Brock and NATO of alleged Russian involvement in the explosion.
Czech officials said all exiled diplomats were members of Russia’s foreign intelligence agencies.
Moscow dismissed the claim as “absurd” and promised mutual action.
Spats, the worst crisis in relations between Prague and Moscow since the end of Communist rule in 1989, comes amid worsening relations between Russia and the West.
The U.S. expelled 10 Russian diplomats last week for alleged involvement in Moscow’s hacking of SolarWinds against federal agencies and alleged attempts to interfere with the 2020 presidential election. Imposed new sanctions.
Moscow responded by ordering 10 US diplomats to leave the country and attacking Britain over support for US sanctions.
Shortly after the Salisbury addiction, investigative group Bellingcat reported that Alexander Mishkin and Anatolice Piga had become the names of Alexander Mishkin and Ruslamboshirov. Both men are officers of GRU, Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency.
The two later interviewed Russian state television, where they claimed to work in the fitness industry, where they visited Salisbury as a tourist to see the cathedral.
Britain obtained a European Arrest Warrant for men, but Moscow did not require them to be handed over because the Russian Constitution does not allow them to be handed over. One source told Russia’s Interfax news agency over the weekend that Moscow has no plans to hand over the pair to Czech authorities.