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March 14, 2018 6:17 pm | FILED UNDER: politics

PM Babis: Expulsion Of 23 Russian Diplomats By Britain ‘Unpleasant Affair’

By ČTK

Prague, March 14 (CTK) – Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) considers the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from Britain a very unpleasant affair, but he refused to comment on it in detail, he said before meeting British Brexit Minister David Davis today.

 

Babis will also receive the new British Ambassador to Prague, Nick Archer, who would accompany Davis at the Government Office tonight.

 

Davis will talk to Babis and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) about the EU-British relations after the departure of Britain from the European Union.

 

The supreme representatives of the EU member countries will discuss Brexit at the EU summit next week.

 

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced today that she would expel 23 Russian diplomats, whom the authorities had identified as “undeclared intelligence officers,” in reaction to the poisoning of former Russian secret agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The diplomats have one week to leave to country.

 

Russia is to blame for the attempted murder, May said.

 

Moscow denies the accusation, but the Russian government has not officially reacted to the step yet.

 

The Russian embassy in London called the expulsion of the diplomats “unacceptable, unjustified and short-sighted”.

 

The U.N. Security Council will deal with the Skripal case today.

 

Archer, who headed the embassy in Denmark in the past, became the ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Czech Republic on Tuesday when President Milos Zeman took over his credentials from him.

 

Archer arrived in Prague in mid-January and met several representatives of Czech and British institutions as an ambassador-designate.

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