The Czech media recently reported a conspiracy theory that the government in the Czech Republic planned to exchange information related to the Vrbetice ammunition explosion with Russia in exchange for receiving the COVID-19 Sputnik vaccine. V of Moscow.
|First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek.|
Czech officials previously claimed that Russian citizens Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London accused of plotting the assassination of double spy Sergei Skripals, were believed to have been involved in the 2014 ammunition explosion in the village of Vrbetice. , east of the Czech Republic.
It is noteworthy that Czech health officials were also planning to visit Moscow and discuss the order of the Sputnik V vaccine in April, when the report of the ammunition stockpile in Vrbetice was released.
The TASS news agency said that a local news site earlier said that the first Deputy Prime Minister and Czech Minister of the Interior Jan Hamacek planned to visit Russia to “wipe out the scandal of the explosion in the village. Vrbetice in exchange for receiving a test batch of Sputnik V vaccine and for the Czech to hold a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden “.
This report was immediately rejected by Mr. Hamacek. He wrote on Twitter, calling these “speculations” and “lies”.
Mr. Hamacek planned to visit Russia on April 19. But since April 14, the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic held a series of meetings with the participation of top officials from the Czech security agencies, the Prosecutor General and the Czech Ambassador in Moscow. of the Vrbetice ammunition explosion for Czech national security as well as relations with Russia.
|The Czech accused two people in the Sergei Skripals case of being involved in the Vrbetice ammunition explosion|
“These rumors are harmful to the interests of the Czech Republic and are news of those who want to get involved in other countries,” he added.
On April 17, shortly before Hamacek’s visit to Moscow, Prague announced the expulsion of 18 staff members of the Russian Embassy in Prague, who, according to the Czech authorities, were “officers of love agencies. newspaper SVR and GRU of Russia “.
The Russian Foreign Ministry opposed the move and declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow to be disqualified. The two sides have been engaged in diplomatic confrontation ever since, with dozens of diplomats expelled.