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Czechs expel more Russians in dispute over 2014 depot blast

Apr. 22, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic on Thursday ordered more Russian diplomats to leave the country, further escalating a dispute between the two nations over the alleged involvement of Russian spies in a massive ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Foreign Minister Jakub...

Putin vows a 'quick and tough' Russian response for its foes

Apr. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on Russia's security interests, saying Moscow's response will be “quick and tough” and make the culprits bitterly sorry for their action. The warning during...

Czechs to Russia: Let our diplomats back or more of yours go

Apr. 21, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic demanded on Wednesday that Russia should allow its expelled diplomats to return to Moscow, threatening that otherwise more Russian diplomats would be asked to leave Prague. The Czech request looks set to further escalate a diplomatic...

New Czech foreign minister sworn in amid crisis with Russia

Apr. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's new foreign minister, Jakub Kulhanek, was sworn in Wednesday, amid a fierce diplomatic conflict with Moscow over allegations Russian agents were involved in a massive Czech ammunition depot explosion. Russia ordered 20 Czech diplomats...

Pandemic causes decline in Czech beer consumption

Apr. 20, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Beer consumption in the Czech republic — the world's largest per-capita consumer of the drink — was badly affected by the coronavirus last year, the country's brewing body said Tuesday. The amount consumed annually on average by each person in the...

Czech, Russian envoys fly home amid depot explosion dispute

Apr. 19, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The two Russian military agents believed to be behind a massive Czech depot explosion in 2014 likely targeted the ammunition, not the Czech Republic itself, the country's prime minister and prosecutor general said Monday. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said...

Russia expels Czech diplomats, says Prague took hostile step

Apr. 18, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Sunday ordered 20 Czech diplomats to leave the country within a day in response to the Czech government's expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats it identified as spies for a military intelligence agency that Prague claims was involved in a 2014 ammunition depot explosion....

Czechs expel 18 Russians over huge depot explosion in 2014

Apr. 17, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic announced Saturday that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the move is based on “unequivocal evidence"...

Czechs reject mandatory quotas on local food in stores

Apr. 13, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers have rejected a proposed bill to reduce dependency on food imports by imposing a quota of locally-produced food to be sold in supermarkets. Lawmakers in the upper house, or the Senate, dismissed the bill last month. It would have required...

Czech foreign minister fired in government reshuffle

Apr. 12, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Republic’s foreign minister was fired Monday in a government reshuffle less than six months before the parliamentary election. The move came after Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek failed to beat Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who was reelected as...