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Tensions between Czech Republic and Russia

Date: 21 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


Russia has expelled diplomats of Czech Republic as a counter measure against expelling of its own diplomats from Prague.



The Czech government had accused the Russian diplomats as intelligence operatives who were involved in terrorism related activities.



  • Last year, Russia was accused of poisoning Czech politicians including Mayor of Prague leading to expelling of their diplomats.

  • Russian intelligence operatives were involved in a bomb blast of stored explosives in a wooded part of the country that resulted in death of two individuals.

  • Czech authorities investigated the case and found the involvement of Unit 29155 of Russia’s GRU intelligence agency.

  • There was belief that the ammunitions were headed to either Crimea or Syrian government to fight opposition forces.

  • The individuals linked with the blast were found to be same who were accused in poisoning of a Russian double agent in United Kingdom.


Future concerns

  • The escalation between Czech and Russia is said to be the most serious since 1989. It also signals worsening relations between the West and Russia.

  • US has also toughened its stance on Russia. It had accused Russia of involvement in SolarWinds hack and interfering in the 2020 election.

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