Monday, August 17, 2009

Czech Republic expels Russian diplomats (spies?)

The above article is from the Ria Novosti Newswire. It is dated 21:56, 8-17-09, Russian time and reads as follows:

ASTRAKHAN, August 17 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian foreign minister condemned on Monday the Czech Republic's decision to expel two Russian diplomats accused of spying.

"This is yet another provocation," Sergei Lavrov told reporters. He did not say whether Russia planned to take reciprocal measures.

The CTK news agency earlier reported the expulsions, and identified one of the diplomats as a deputy military attache.

The agency quoted Czech intelligence sources as saying both diplomats "have been working for Russian secret services."

A Czech Foreign Ministry spokesman contacted by RIA Novosti declined to comment on the report.

According to the Czech Republic's iDnes web portal, about 200 Russians work at the embassy in Prague, and at two consulates, in Brno and Karlovy Vary. A report on the site claims that "two-thirds of them are spies."


What does Lavrov mean when he says “this is yet another provocation”? What is Russia being “provoked” to do? He sounds like a Cold Warrior rattling his saber: The Czech Republic better watch out or we’ll send in the Red Army.

Lavrov seems insulted at the idea that Russia might use spies. This outrages our understanding of the peaceful, inoffensive, always-proper Russian nation, doesn’t it?

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