Two Czech diplomats expelled from Russia
Two Czech diplomatic representatives, who were expelled from Russia in a tit-for-tat move after the Czech Republic expelled two Russian diplomats earlier this month in connection to an alleged ricin poisoning plot, are on their way to the Czech Republic, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Štíchová said on Wednesday. With air connections suspended, due to the coronavirus pandemic, both are returning by car.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has not yet specified who the two individuals expelled by Russia are, except that one of them is a representative from the Czech Centre in Moscow. According to the director of the International Department of the Presidential Office, Rudolf Jindrák, they are the Director of the Czech Centre in Moscow and an employee at the Czech House in the Russian capital.
Earlier this week, on Monday, Foreign Minister Tomas Petříček said that he would consider the case closed after the Czechs return from Russia.