Speaking to Russian television channels, Zaharova considered the expulsion of Russian diplomats from some Western countries.
Reminding that the Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats, Zaharova said that Russia decided to deport 20 diplomats working at the Czech Embassy in Moscow as a requirement of reciprocity.
“The price paid by the Czech Republic is enormous. This is a blow to bilateral relations. This is a blow to its diplomatic mission,” said Zaharova.
Stating that Czechia blamed Russia for the explosion in an ammunition depot in the South Moravia region of the country in 2014, Zaharova argued that this was “absurd”.
“RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS EXCEEDED ON POLITICAL ORDER OF THE USA”
Reminding that Poland also decided to expel 3 Russian diplomats, Zaharova pointed out that this was done on the “political order” of the USA.
“Of course, behind what happened is the United States, which leads NATO and determines the mainstream in the European Union countries. Washington is encouraging this wave. The chain reactions that started in Western countries are a well-studied scenario. But the vassal state logic may push sovereign states to this,” Zaharova commented. .
Emphasizing that the US also imposed new sanctions on Russia, Zaharova said, “We analyze not only the statements made by our American colleagues, but the concrete steps and actions they took.
EXPLOITING RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS FROM THE WESTERN COUNTRIES
US President Joe Biden announced on April 15 that 10 Russian diplomats would be deported on the grounds that they were linked to the cyber attack attempt and activities aimed at influencing the presidential elections.
The US Treasury Department also announced a series of sanctions targeting the Russian economy on the grounds of the cyber attack attempt and intervention in the presidential election.
Poland had decided to expel 3 Russian diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Warsaw.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiş also announced on 17 April that 18 Russian diplomats were expelled on the grounds that they were linked to the explosion that took place in the country in 2014.
In return, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it was decided to deport 10 American diplomats, 5 Polish diplomats and 20 diplomats working at the Czech Embassy in Moscow.