1. Czechia expels Russian diplomats over 2014 ammunition depot blast  Al Jazeera English
  2. Russia vows tough retaliatory measures against Czech Republic over diplomat expulsions  The Globe and Mail
  3. Czech police hunt two men with names matching Skripal suspects over blast  The Guardian
  4. Czech police searching for two men using names of Skripal poisoning suspects  The Independent
  5. Salisbury poisoning suspects 'linked to Czech blast'  BBC News
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PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is expelling 18 staff from the Russian embassy due to suspicion Russian intelligence services were involved in an arms depot…

Czechs expel Russian embassy staff, PM says suspected Russian link in arms depot explosion | National Post

Czechs expel Russian embassy staff, PM says suspected Russian link in arms depot explosion | National Post

Officers say they are looking for two Russians in connection with 2014 explosion that killed two peopleOfficers say they are looking for two Russians in connection with 2014 explosion that killed two people

Czech police hunt two men with names matching Skripal suspects over blast | Czech Republic | The Guardian

Dominic Raab condemned 'malign' activities by Russia after Czech police said they are searching for men carrying passports in the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.Dominic Raab condemned 'malign' activities by Russia after Czech police said they are searching for men carrying passports in the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

UK 'stands with' Czech Republic after Salisbury suspects linked to bombing | Daily Mail Online

Controversy surrounds Russian involvement in 2014 explosion, Covid-19 cases on the decline, and more top headlines from this weekend.Controversy surrounds Russian involvement in 2014 explosion, Covid-19 cases on the decline, and more top headlines from this weekend.

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The suspects of the 2018 novichok nerve agent poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England, have been linked to a 2014 blast in the Czech Republic that killed two people.The suspects of the 2018 novichok nerve agent poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England, have been linked to a 2014 blast in the Czech Republic that killed two people.

Suspected Russian agents in UK poisoning now tied to fatal arms depot blast in Czech Republic | CP24.com

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(Bloomberg) -- The Czech government alleged Russia was involved in a deadly blast at a munitions site in 2014 and said it’s expelling 18 embassy staffers, signaling that the country is joining growing international pressure to rein in President Vladimir Putin.Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s unexpected announcement coincides with concern in the U.S. and Europe about Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine, and hacking alleged by the U.S. Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek likened the explosion, which killed two people at a private munitions warehouse, to the 2018 poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.“I’m very saddened that the Czech-Russian relations are going to suffer such significant damage, but the Czech Republic must respond,” Hamacek said Saturday. The Czech government has notified the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and is seeking their support, he said.The latest rift signals that relations between the Czech Republic, a member of NATO and the EU, and Russia may be headed toward the lowest point since the end of communist rule. This could have business consequences too: Hamacek and Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday Russia probably won’t be allowed to bid for a $7 billion nuclear-energy project as a result of the incident.Czech authorities suspect Russia’s GRU intelligence service helped orchestrate the 2014 blast at Vrbetice, Babis said at a briefing. Hamacek said the Russian embassy staff whom he described as spies must leave the country within 48 hours.An employee who answered the switchboard at the Russian Embassy in Prague outside business hours declined to comment.Russian PassportsCzech police said Saturday they’re searching for two men who visited the country using Russian passports with the same names that U.K. police have said they believe to be aliases of GRU agents who poisoned Skripal four years later.The men used the identities of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as well as passports with other names, when they traveled within the Czech Republic for about a week in October 2014. They are wanted in connection with “serious criminal activity,” according to a police statement that didn’t elaborate.The latest accusations risk escalating tension between Prague and Moscow to the highest level since the former Soviet satellite overthrew communist rule more than three decades ago. Relations have since included diplomatic clashes, such as when the Czechs expelled two Russian diplomats last year for what Prague said was fabrication of information on an alleged poisoning plot against municipal officials.President Joe Biden’s administration this week imposed further sanctions on Russia, including limits on buying newly issued sovereign debt. On Wednesday, the Czech government offered to host an as yet unscheduled Biden-Putin summit.Russia’s alleged role in the explosion marks “an absolutely unprecedented violation of the sovereignty and security of the Czech Republic,” said Jana Cernochova, head of the defense committee of the lower chamber of parliament. “This cannot be tolerated.”(Updates with nuclear-energy tender in fourth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.(Bloomberg) -- The Czech government alleged Russia was involved in a deadly blast at a munitions site in 2014 and said it’s expelling 18 embassy staffers, signaling that the country is joining growing international pressure to rein in President Vladimir Putin.Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s unexpected announcement coincides with concern in the U.S. and Europe about Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine, and hacking alleged by the U.S. Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek likened the explosion, which killed two people at a private munitions warehouse, to the 2018 poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.“I’m very saddened that the Czech-Russian relations are going to suffer such significant damage, but the Czech Republic must respond,” Hamacek said Saturday. The Czech government has notified the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and is seeking their support, he said.The latest rift signals that relations between the Czech Republic, a member of NATO and the EU, and Russia may be headed toward the lowest point since the end of communist rule. This could have business consequences too: Hamacek and Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday Russia probably won’t be allowed to bid for a $7 billion nuclear-energy project as a result of the incident.Czech authorities suspect Russia’s GRU intelligence service helped orchestrate the 2014 blast at Vrbetice, Babis said at a briefing. Hamacek said the Russian embassy staff whom he described as spies must leave the country within 48 hours.An employee who answered the switchboard at the Russian Embassy in Prague outside business hours declined to comment.Russian PassportsCzech police said Saturday they’re searching for two men who visited the country using Russian passports with the same names that U.K. police have said they believe to be aliases of GRU agents who poisoned Skripal four years later.The men used the identities of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as well as passports with other names, when they traveled within the Czech Republic for about a week in October 2014. They are wanted in connection with “serious criminal activity,” according to a police statement that didn’t elaborate.The latest accusations risk escalating tension between Prague and Moscow to the highest level since the former Soviet satellite overthrew communist rule more than three decades ago. Relations have since included diplomatic clashes, such as when the Czechs expelled two Russian diplomats last year for what Prague said was fabrication of information on an alleged poisoning plot against municipal officials.President Joe Biden’s administration this week imposed further sanctions on Russia, including limits on buying newly issued sovereign debt. On Wednesday, the Czech government offered to host an as yet unscheduled Biden-Putin summit.Russia’s alleged role in the explosion marks “an absolutely unprecedented violation of the sovereignty and security of the Czech Republic,” said Jana Cernochova, head of the defense committee of the lower chamber of parliament. “This cannot be tolerated.”(Updates with nuclear-energy tender in fourth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Czechs Blame Russia for 2014 Blast, Expel Embassy Staff

The Czech Republic ordered 18 Russian diplomats to leave the country after Czech intelligence linked Russian military agents to a massive ammunition depot explosion near Vrbetice on October 20, 2014.The Czech Republic ordered 18 Russian diplomats to leave the country after Czech intelligence linked Russian military agents to a massive ammunition depot explosion near Vrbetice on October 20, 2014.

A Look Back At The Deadly 2014 Czech Depot Blast That Prague Is Now Blaming On Russian Agents

Czech authorities have expelled 18 Russian diplomats identified as secret agents of security services suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.Czech authorities have expelled 18 Russian diplomats identified as secret agents of security services suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.

Moscow Will Respond to 'Unprecedented' Czech Expulsions – Foreign Ministry - The Moscow Times

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According to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, "this hostile step" is a follow-up to a series of anti-Russian actions taken by the Czech Republic in recent yearsAccording to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, "this hostile step" is a follow-up to a series of anti-Russian actions taken by the Czech Republic in recent years

Russia protests Czech Republic’s expulsion of diplomats and vows to retaliate - Russian Politics & Diplomacy - TASS

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An explosion at an ammunition depot in the Vrbětice complex in the Czech Republic in 2014 was most likely staged by Russian agents to disrupt arms shipments, in particular, to armed forces of Ukraine. The explosion caused large-scale destruction and the death of two local residents.The explosion caused large-scale destruction and the death of two local residents.

Czech ammo blast likely staged by Russia to disrupt arms supply to Ukraine – media — UNIAN

Britain stands in "full support" of the Czech Republic which foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday had exposed the lengths Russian intelligence services will go to after Prague accused Moscow of involvement in an ammunition depot explosion.Britain stands in "full support" of the Czech Republic which foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday had exposed the lengths Russian intelligence services will go to after Prague accused Moscow of involvement in an ammunition depot explosion.

Britain stands in 'full support' of Czechs after Russian expulsions | Reuters

Earlier leader of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala told that the Czech right-wing parliamentary parties planned to discuss the issue on the Russian special services’ alleged involvement in the explosion at the ammunition depot in the village of Vrbetice in 2014Earlier leader of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala told that the Czech right-wing parliamentary parties planned to discuss the issue on the Russian special services’ alleged involvement in the explosion at the ammunition depot in the village of Vrbetice in 2014

Czech deputy PM to discuss Vrbetice incident at EU ministers’ meeting - World - TASS

Czech deputy PM to discuss Vrbetice incident at EU ministers’ meeting

The accusations have threatened relations between the two countries.The accusations have threatened relations between the two countries.

Czechs expel Russian envoys, alleging Kremlin role in deadly 2014 blast – POLITICO

The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian Embassy staff over explosions at an ammunition depot in 2014, the prime minister said on Saturday. The Russians...The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian Embassy staff over explosions at an ammunition depot in 2014, the prime minister said on Saturday. The Russians...

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian diplomats over 2014 blasts | Daily Sabah

PRAGUE - The Czech government said Saturday it would expel 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.PRAGUE - The Czech government said Saturday it would expel 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.

Czech govt expels 18 Russian diplomats over 2014 blast

Within 48 hours, 18 staff members of the Russian embassy must leave the Czech Republic, he saidWithin 48 hours, 18 staff members of the Russian embassy must leave the Czech Republic, he said

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian diplomats - First Deputy Prime Minister - World - TASS

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian diplomats - First Deputy Prime Minister

The Czech Republic announced that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014.The Czech Republic announced that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014.

Czech government expels 18 Russian diplomats over 2014 blast

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian embassy staff - CGTN

The Czech Republic expels 18 Russian diplomats after linking the operatives to a 2014 explosion.The Czech Republic expels 18 Russian diplomats after linking the operatives to a 2014 explosion.

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Czech First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said at news conference earlier in the day that the Czech Republic was expelling 18 employees of the Russian embassyCzech First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said at news conference earlier in the day that the Czech Republic was expelling 18 employees of the Russian embassy

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The Czech Republic says two Russian agents it is seeking over an explosion are the same spies behind Salisbury poisoningThe Czech Republic says two Russian agents it is seeking over an explosion are the same spies behind Salisbury poisoning

Britain 'fully supports' Czech Republic after claims Skripal suspects were involved in fatal blast

The unit has also been implicated in the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter.The unit has also been implicated in the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter.

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On Saturday, the government announced the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats identified by Czech intelligence agencies as agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services, suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion at a munitions warehouse in Vrbětice, near the border with Slovakia, in which two people d

Czech Rep. Expels 18 Russian Intelligence Agents In Connection With 2014 Explosion – Brno Daily

Czech Republic expels Russian embassy staff over suspected Russian involvement in a 2014 arms depot explosion.Czech Republic expels Russian embassy staff over suspected Russian involvement in a 2014 arms depot explosion.

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian embassy staff, linking ‘intel officers’ to 2014 depot blast

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - According to Czech media, the employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague were given 48 hours to leave the country.MOSCOW (Sputnik) - According to Czech media, the employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague were given 48 hours to leave the country.

Czech Republic to Expel Russian Diplomats Suspected of Working for Russian Intelligence - Sputnik International

The Czech government said it is expelling 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.The Czech government said it is expelling 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.

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"This is Absurd, Czechs Have Apparently Decided to Close Their Embassy in Moscow," Russians React

Britain links suspects of Salisbury attack to 2014 explosion in Czech Republic - Anadolu AgencyBritain links suspects of Salisbury attack to 2014 explosion in Czech Republic - Anadolu Agency

UK expresses 'full support' of Czechs over Russian expulsions

The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over the depot explosion.The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over the depot explosion.

Czech blast: Skripal poisoning suspects linked to 2014 explosion - Axios

Czech police have issued an appeal for information about two men using the identities Alexander Petrov and Ruslan BoshirovCzech police have issued an appeal for information about two men using the identities Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

Czech police hunt men wanted over Salisbury Novichok attack

The two were using Russian passports and were identified as Alexander Petrov, 41, and Ruslan Boshirov, 43 The two were using Russian passports and were identified as Alexander Petrov, 41, and Ruslan Boshirov, 43

Czechs expel Russian diplomats and identify pair wanted over Novichok attack

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek on Sunday announced plans to discuss the 2014 explosion of an ammunitions depot in Vrbetice during a Monday...MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek on Sunday announced plans to discuss the 2014 explosion of an ammunitions depot in Vrbetice during a Monday...

Prague to Discuss Vrbetice Explosion Case With EU Counterparts on Monday - Sputnik International

SYN: 8 Russian embassy staff identified as secret service personnel would be ordered to leave within 48 hours. SYN: 8 Russian embassy staff identified as secret service personnel would be ordered to leave within 48 hours.

Czechs expel Russian embassy staff, PM says suspected link to Russian ammunition explosion | Newshub

Czech police searching for two men suspected of carrying out Salisbury nerve agent poisoning in 2018Czech police searching for two men suspected of carrying out Salisbury nerve agent poisoning in 2018

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian envoys over 2014 ammunition depot explosion

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian embassy staff for 'spying' in 2014 explosion caseCzech security services said the 18 staffers, who have been given 48 hours to pack their bags, were "clearly" identified as Russian military spies in connection with a massive explosion that took place in the country in 2014.

Czech Republic expels 18 Russian embassy staff for 'spying' in 2014 explosion case | Euronews

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