The Czech Security Information Service had conducted an investigation, after which three Russian diplomats were suspected of spying, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Czech edition Respekt.
The investigation against the Russians lasted several months. However, the Czech authorities did not deport the suspects from the country due to fear of worsening relations with Russia, but did not renew their permit to stay in the country.
Moscow responded symmetrically – it banned a Czech diplomat, who worked at the embassy, to stay in Russia, and did not let the other one enter the country, denying him a visa.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic believes that Moscow's actions in relation to the Czech diplomat is a revenge for exposing Russian spies, however, the officials refused to give any comments, noting that any careless statement may complicate the relations between the two countries and influence accreditation of the diplomats substituting their colleagues in Moscow.
The Russian Embassy in Prague numbers about 125 employees. This number is significantly higher than the number of members of diplomatic missions of other large countries: for example, in the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic are working only 28 diplomats, at the U.S. Embassy – 70 people.