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Czech-Russian dispute prompts other governments to get tough with Moscow

A man carrying a Nato flag, to protest over Russian intelligence services' alleged involvement in an explosion in Vrbetice area in 2014, outside the Russian Embassy in Prague, on April 18, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - Russia has responded angrily to accusations by the Czech Republic that its intelligence agents were responsible for setting off a deadly explosion at a Czech arms depot which killed two people back in 2014.

Dismissing the allegations as absurd, the Russian foreign ministry ordered the expulsion of 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow, in retaliation for the Czech government's decision to expel 18 Russian diplomats.

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