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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said in Prague on Saturday that 18 Russian diplomats had been expelled from the Czech Republic, who, according to Czech authorities, had worked in Russian intelligence.

According to Andrei Babis, the reason for the expulsion was a well-founded suspicion that representatives of the KGB played a role in the October and December 2014 bombings at an ammunition depot in Vrbtis, South Moravia. Andrej Babis told Czech President Milos Zeman to expel the diplomats, who he said fully agreed with the measure.

Expelled Russian diplomats have 48 hours to leave the Czech Republic.

Acting Foreign Minister Jan Hamacic informed the Russian ambassador in Prague that the diplomats had been expelled. And CTK indicated that Hamask is discussing the matter more with its foreign partners.

In 2014, several large explosions occurred at a warehouse set up in an old factory in Vrbtis, South Moravia, killing two people and causing serious material damage. Later, unexploded ordnance stored in Vrbetice was moved to another location. Police investigated the explosions as an intentional threat. Hundreds of residents from three neighboring villages were forced to evacuate as a result of the explosions.

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