Russia-Czech tensions escalated, Russia-Ukraine cooled down

Russia-Czech tensions escalated, Russia-Ukraine cooled down


Diplomatic tensions between Russia and Czechs have escalated with tit-for-tat tensions, while tensions between Russia and Ukraine have cooled.

President Putin. Photo: Sputniks

The Czech Republic has asked Russia to drastically cut the number of diplomats at the embassy in Prague to match the number of staff of the Czech embassy in Moscow.

Reuters quoted Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek as saying that Russia has time until the end of May to implement the proposal. Soon after, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it would quickly respond.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a weekly press conference: “At this point, Prague is on the path to ruin relations. We will respond immediately ”.

Meanwhile, to show solidarity with the Czech Republic, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said the country had just decided to expel three Russian diplomats and give them a week to leave Slovakia.

On another front, tensions between Russia and Ukraine appeared to have eased after Moscow ordered its military commanders to withdraw their troops from the border areas.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed Moscow’s decision, but the leader said Ukraine was still cautious.

The Ukrainian president wrote on Twitter the following: “The reduction of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine corresponds to a reduction in tension. Ukraine remains vigilant but welcomes any move to reduce its military presence and cool down the situation in the Donbass ”.

Regarding the situation of Ukraine, President Putin today (April 22) said that Russia was prepared to welcome Mr. Zelenskiy to Moscow for talks at any time convenient for him.

The head of the Kremlin said so after the Ukrainian President earlier this week challenged President Putin to hold talks in Donbass to end the conflict here.

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Russia ordered troops close to the Ukrainian border to withdraw to the base

Russia ordered troops close to the Ukrainian border to withdraw to the base

Russia has ordered military commanders to begin sending troops near Ukraine and back to permanent domestic bases from Friday (April 23).

The Czechs demanded that Russia re-accept the deported diplomats

The Czechs demanded that Russia re-accept the deported diplomats

The Czech Republic is demanding that Russia allow its diplomats expelled to return to Moscow, otherwise more Russian diplomats will have to leave Prague.

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