Zeman named the reasons for the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic

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Czech President Milos Zeman said that he approved the proposal of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country to expel 18 employees of the Russian Embassy, ​​because he “does not like intelligence officers.”

“When Prime Minister Andrei Babis and First Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamacek visited me and announced their intention to expel (in connection with the incident with the explosions in Vrbetica – Ed.) 18 Russian intelligence officers, I expressed my full support. Do you know why? I don’t like these intelligence officers, they mostly do more harm than good, ”he said on Sunday, April 25, in an interview with CNN Prima News.

The Czech leader also recalled that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informed the US government that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. At the same time, as Zeman emphasized, there was nothing of the kind there, but “it came to a vain war.”

The Czech President also assured that the “mutual cannibalism” of the Russian and Czech embassies is over.

“Although some naive and even stupid Czech politicians suggested that the ambassador should be left alone in the Russian embassy or that another driver should be left for him. I think these are extreme statements, ”Zeman said.

According to him, he understands that the Russian diplomatic mission will be significantly reduced. However, the Czech Republic, as the President of the country noted, needs diplomatic missions in experts on economic, cultural and other cooperation for equal cooperation between states.

Earlier that day, Zeman did not rule out the possibility that the current situation around the story with the explosions in the warehouses in Vrbetica was a game of the special services. He also stated that there was no evidence in the intelligence report of the involvement of “Russian agents” in this incident. Also, the Czech President urged to wait for the results of the investigation of the incident before drawing conclusions.

In turn, Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov noted that Zeman did not present evidence of the involvement of the Russian special services in the explosion in Vrbetica, because they simply did not exist and do not exist.

On April 17, Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis announced that the country’s authorities suspect the Russian special services of involvement in the explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetica in 2014. On the same day, Prague announced its decision to expel 18 Russian diplomats.

Russia, in response to these actions, a day later announced 20 employees of the Czech embassy in Moscow persona non grata. The accusations in the Russian Federation were categorically denied, and the fact that Prague does not publish a report on the explosion, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called evidence of a lie.

As explained in the Russian Foreign Ministry, as a result of the mutual expulsions of diplomats, by May 31, seven diplomats, 25 technical staff and 19 people will remain at the embassies of the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation.