All three Baltic states will deport several diplomats and staff of Russian embassies who are involved in espionage. It will do so in solidarity with the Czech Republic, the head of the Lithuanian diplomat Gabriel Landsbergis announced today.
Landsbergis said, “My Latvian and Estonian colleagues each expelled one embassy employee.” Both are diplomats, but according to the Lithuanian government, they were involved in espionage. The minister briefed the Russian ambassador, whom he called for. Both exiles should leave the country within seven days.
The three smaller Baltic states, which are constantly under pressure from their larger neighbors, but are not the first to follow Czechia in diplomatic dispute and send Russian diplomats home. Slovakia has already taken this step, where three employees of the Russian embassy were to pack their bags.
Russian diplomatic spokesman Maria Zakharov soon warned that Moscow would react to the expulsion of its diplomats from the Baltic. A spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry told FAS, “Their diplomats may have already begun to decide which of those things would have to be packed.”
A diplomatic rift between Prague and Moscow erupted on Saturday on the Czech side’s reasonable suspicion that Russian GRU intelligence was responsible for the 2014 blasts in Vrbetice.
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