Naryshkin called for the expulsion of diplomats from the Czech Republic, a vile provocation
The decision to expel Russian diplomats vile and despicable provocation on the part of the authorities of the Czech Republic, the response from Russia will follow, said Director of the foreign intelligence Service of Russia (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin.
On Friday Czech Prime Minister Andrew Babish, citing intelligence agencies, said that the Czech government made a decision about expulsion of two Russian diplomats, which is associated with the story about the alleged transport of the Czech Republic Russian diplomat of the poison ricin. As reported by RIA Novosti Deputy head of Rossotrudnichestvo Mikhail Bryukhanov sent employees must leave the Czech Republic within 48 hours.
The weekly Respekt wrote on April 27, citing a source in the security services, that in the beginning of the month in Prague came a man with a Russian diplomatic passport, and brought in the suitcase the poison ricin. According to the newspaper, the man proceeded to the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Czech TV on 10 may said that the man is acting head of the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the Czech Republic Andrei Kondakov. The Czech media have claimed that he is under police guard three of Prague's policies related to the renaming of the square in front of the Russian Embassy in honor of Boris Nemtsov, the installation of a monument to Vlasov and the demolition of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev.
The Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic has denied reports about imported poison, calling them "outrageous and heinous". Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the message of the Czech mass media similar to another duck. The Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that no one has evidence that Moscow was trying someone to poison in the Czech Republic.