Czech police arrested seven people last night who sprayed ketchup on the Russian embassy in Prague after the Czech authorities decided to expel 18 Russian diplomats on suspicion that agents of the Russian GRU service were involved in an explosion in Czech ammunition depots in 2014, when two people were killed.
The action was supposed to remind of two victims of the ammunition explosion in Vrbjetice in the south of the Czech Republic, and the ketchup that sprayed the embassy wall on Boris Nemtsov Square in Prague is a symbol of blood that Russian GRU agents have on their hands, according to well-founded suspicions of Czech intelligence and police.
Last night, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Temporary Foreign Affairs Jan Hamecek handed over a note to the Russian ambassador in Prague, according to which 18 Russian diplomats, who were reliably identified by the Czech authorities as GRU and SVR informants, were declared undesirable and given 48 hours to leave. Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced at an extraordinary press conference that the Czech investigation into the explosion of ammunition in the warehouses in Vrbjetice on October 16 and December 3, 2014, obtained unequivocal evidence of suspicion that Russian GRU agents from special unit 29155 were involved in the explosion.
At the same time, the Czech police published photos and names of two Russian citizens, previously suspected of attempting to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripalj and his daughter in Great Britain in 2018, and asked for public help and all information related to their stay in the Czech Republic during the first explosions in October 2014.
The Czech National Center for Organized Crime announced that two Russian citizens, whom the British intelligence service claims since the attack on Srkipalj were in fact GRU agents Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, stayed in the Czech Republic with passports in other names from 11 to 16 October 2014 and requested and received permission to visit the ammunition depots in Vrbjetice.
Imeks Group then kept weapons in rented warehouses that exploded in Vrbjetice, which were supposed to be taken over by the Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev and probably delivered to Ukraine, or according to another working version in the Czech police investigation it was intended for the USA for Syria, reports the Czech public radio service Radiojurnal.
Imex Group lawyer Radek Ondrouš confirmed to the Czech media today that a visit was announced and approved the day before the explosion in Vrbjetice, but not in the names of agents Miškin and Čepig, and not to Russian citizens, but from another country and that he did not know if they came and if they are then without the knowledge of Imex Group.
The Czech police said that the two agents whose photos they published used Russian passports with other names with which they entered the Czech Republic and passports from Moldova and Tajikistan, which they submitted when they asked for permission to enter Vrbjetice.
Russian officials condemned the expulsion of 18 diplomats from Prague as nonsense invented by the Czechs to show solidarity with the Americans, and the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija Zaharova, said that the Czechs know well what awaits them because of such tricks.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis informed about the affair of European Council President Charles Michel, and Deputy Prime Minister Hamacek confirmed today that the EU foreign ministers would discuss it on Monday and instructed the Czech ambassadors to the EU and NATO to inform the allies.
The Czech opposition asked the government to urgently inform the parliament and the competent committees, because, if the suspicions are really grounded, it is about state terrorism of Russia on the territory of another sovereign state.
Rehabilitation of the ammunition warehouse in Vrbjetice after the explosions on October 16 and December 3, 2014, which blew up ammunition at a distance of 1.5 km, was completed only last October and cost the state tens of millions of euros, and the police investigation is still ongoing.
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