Dozens of workers at the Russian embassy in Prague have already left the Czech Republic after 18 diplomats were expelled by the Czech government’s decision, which set a deadline of the end of May.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has accepted the call to “substantially reduce” the Russian diplomatic mission in Prague, which has now been reduced to seven diplomats and 25 administrative and technical staff.
The diplomatic dispute arose in early April when the Czech government accused Russian intelligence services of being involved in the 2014 explosion of a military powder magazine that killed two people.
Moscow has denied these allegations and the two sides have exchanged diplomatic expulsions. In addition, Russia has added the Czech Republic to the list of non-friendly countries.
The dispute also affects a Russian school in Prague, the College of Russian Grammar, as many of its teachers were accredited as administrative employees of the embassy and therefore had to leave the country.
Russia has accused the Czech Republic of choosing “the path of destroying this educational institution” which began to operate in 1922.