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The Baltic States Expel Russian Diplomats in Solidarity with the Czech Republic

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by essentialsaltes, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said Friday they were expelling a total of four Russian diplomats in solidarity with the Czech Republic, which is involved in a spat with Moscow.

    The Czech government has accused Russian secret services of being behind a fatal explosion at an arms depot in eastern Czech Republic in 2014.

    Prague has expelled 18 Russian diplomats over the allegations and is planning to eject dozens more diplomats and embassy staff in a move that is expected to bring retaliation from Moscow.
     
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  2. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    Since when did the Baltic states get a backbone?
     
  3. Handmaid for Jesus

    Handmaid for Jesus You can't steal my joy Supporter

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    Since Biden became U.S. President. :)
     
  4. Hans Blaster

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    Prague has been a KGB/SVR operations center for decades with the Soviets/Russians have large numbers of "diplomats" stationed there. I believe the Czechs are having the Russians downsize the embassy staff in Prague to a level more similar to the Czech embassy staff in Moscow. (The Russian embassy staff in Prague is much larger than the Russian embassy staffs in other similarly sized E. European countries.)
     
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  5. ThatRobGuy

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    I don't know that a Biden presidency necessarily offers them much protection from backlash to be honest.

    ...if they think it does, angering Russia may be a gamble on their part.

    It's been a long time since any president has been as hard on Russia as they should be.

    It may be surprising to some folks (given the source of this article, NPR...not usually known for corroborating Trump's account of things...mainly because Trump lied a lot, so why would they lol)...but one of the few areas where there was some merits to his claims, was in his claims that he was tougher on Russia than many of his predecessors.
    Is Trump The Toughest Ever On Russia?

    As the article notes, in many ways, Trump was one of the toughest on Russia post cold war. Not in terms of his rhetoric (which often came across as flattering toward Russia), but in terms of actions by the administration.
     
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