The two men suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal in 2018 are now also linked to the explosion at a weapons depot in the Czech Republic. Two people were killed in the process.
Czech police are searching for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bouchirov, two GROe officers. Police believe they are responsible for the 2014 explosion that killed two people.
“There is a reasonable suspicion that the Russian Military Intelligence was involved in the 2014 weapons depot bombing,” Prime Minister Andrei Babis told a news conference on Saturday evening. In response, the Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats from the country.
A Russian deputy responded with disbelief, saying the Czech slanders were ridiculous.
Meanwhile, the police distributed pictures of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bouchirov. They were linked to the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal in 2018. They smeared Novichok, a powerful neurotoxin, on the scribal door latch. He and his daughter fell ill but survived the attack.