Prague and Moscow in tit-for-tat expulsions after "infighting" at Russian embassy

The Czech government has declared two staff at the Russian embassy in Prague as persona non grata and has ordered them to leave, after what has been described as "infighting" among Russian embassy personnel that led to untrue allegations about Russia being a threat to three Czech municipal politicians.

"One embassy employee sent deliberately made-up information about a planned attack on Czech politicians to (the intelligence service) BIS," Prime Minister Andrej Babis told reporters.

"We have adopted appropriate and adequate measures and declared two embassy staff personae non gratae."

The information referred to involved a fictitious poisoning plot.


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Russia will respond in kind, the RIA news agency cited Vladimir Dzhabarov, a senior Russian lawmaker, as saying.

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