Russia Expels 20 Czech Diplomats

April 19, Kathmandu-SIA has deported 20 Czech diplomats. The Czech Republic last Saturday ordered 18 Russian diplomats in the name of Russian SVR and GRU intelligence agents to leave the country, saying they were involved in the Skripal incident. The Czech Republic claims that Russia was involved in the 2014 bombing of a military base in the Czech Republic. Two people were killed in the incident.

Meanwhile, police are searching for two Russians suspected of involvement in the blast. Police say the two men used the passports of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal to carry out a deadly poison attack in London in 2018.
According to Czech media, the two Russians are Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga.

The announcement was made by Czech media based on video footage of the blast site and photos made public after the Scripps attack. But Russia on Sunday said the claim was fabricated. Russia has ordered 20 diplomats working at the Czech embassy in Moscow to leave the country by Monday.

Russia and the West have been at loggerheads over a number of issues in recent days. In particular, Western nations have accused Russia of increasing its military presence along Ukraine's border, interfering in the US presidential election, and carrying out other aggressive actions.