Czech police have issued a wanted notice to Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Sergei Scripal in Salisbury.
At the same time, the Czech government announced that it would expel 18 Russian diplomats from Prague in connection with two explosions in an ammunition depot that killed two people in 2014.
But Czech police Petrov and Boshirov only said they were sought in connection with a “serious crime.” The requested notice stated that the two men were in the Czech Republic from October 11th to 16th, 2014.
On October 16th, a large explosion struck an ammunition depot in the town of Vrbětice, killing two people and causing enormous damage. Another explosion occurred at the same facility in December.
According to Czech authorities, all 18 diplomats who currently have 48 hours to leave the country are members of either Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency, GRU, or foreign intelligence agency, SVR.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the investigation into the explosion resulted in a decision to expel diplomats. He also said that a GRU unit specializing in foreign assassinations and operations to destabilize European countries was involved.
“Based on the clear evidence obtained through the investigation by security forces, it must be stated that there is a well-founded suspicion of the involvement of Russian intelligence personnel and unit 29155, which exploded in the Wurbyetice ammunition depot in 2014. Must be, “said Mr. Bavis.
“The Czech Republic is a sovereign state and needs to respond to unprecedented findings. [of the investigation] Appropriately, “Bubbis added.
Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamesek commented on the decision to expel diplomats, saying “the situation is similar to that of Britain, such as in the case of an attempted poisoning in Salisbury.”
Alexander Petrov and Ruslamboshirov were aliases used by the two. Russian military intelligence An officer charged by a British prosecutor with attempted murder in the British soil of Russian spy Sergei Scripal. Both they and Moscow denied involvement.
Scripal and his daughter Yuria were poisoned by nerve agents in Salisbury in March 2018.