Russia reacted when the Czech exchanged words about diplomatic tensions

Russia reacted when the Czech exchanged words about diplomatic tensions


The spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Czech Republic should make a public announcement about the “unjustness” of Russian intelligence in the Vrtebice ammunition explosion in 2014, after the President of the Czech Republic has denied the previous accusations. that of the Government of this country.

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Czech President Milos Zeman

Specifically, in a statement dated April 25, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Prague must tell the world community exactly what is stored at the warehouses in the village of Vrbetice. Because if according to the earlier statements of the officials of this country, the Czech Republic seems to have violated the Anti-Mine Convention on their territory.

“This is the question the international community is asking for answers from Prague: What exactly is the warehouse in the village of Vrtebice stored? According to the German media, these are the mines.” said Ms. Zakharova.

According to a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, states that have signed the Anti-Mine Convention are not allowed to keep such weapons on their territory. Thus, the problem in the 2014 explosion needs to be unraveled. The international community should clarify which standards of international law are violated in this case.

The TASS News Agency said that the Convention on Banning the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel mines and their destruction took effect on March 1, 1999. To date, it has 164 member countries. , including Czech Republic.

In a statement on the same day, the Czech President made a move to justify Russian intelligence by reversing accusations by the government that Russia was involved in the explosion in Vrtebice, leading to diplomatic tensions. never seen between the two countries.

Czech President Milos Zeman recently stated that there has not been any national report mentioning the Russian involvement in the 2014 Vrbetice arsenal explosion.

According to him, the investigation of the cause of the arsenal explosion in Vrtbetice in October 2014 is still ongoing and does not rule out the case of “this is just a mere accident”. Mr. Milos Zeman emphasized, should only believe in the conclusions of the official investigation.

The Czech president stated that the counterintelligence reports, including the non-public reports of the past six years in the Czech Republic, had never mentioned that Russian military intelligence agents were involved in the blast at Vrtbetice.

“Whether the assumption is an accident or involving foreign agents, the Czech Republic will also investigate thoroughly” – President Milos Zeman noted.

He also commented that the recent unfortunate events could be a “game” by some “special agencies”, with serious consequences for the Czech Republic.

The Czech president did not say why he did not speak up as soon as the charges were made, but only commented on it when the diplomatic tensions between Russia and the Czech Republic were at an irreversible level.

Notably, the allegation against Russian intelligence was announced by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. On April 20, Mr. Babis said he would declassify investigations showing that Russian intelligence was involved in the incident. However, a day later, he said the counter-espionage report of the explosion in Vrtbetice would not be released for national security reasons.

Mr Babis added only: “The explosion was not an act of terror. Russia did not attack the Czech Republic. This was an attack on a consignment of a Bulgarian arms dealer who intended to resell it.”

The Czech Prime Minister also emphasized that “the presence of the GRU (Russian military intelligence) in the Czech Republic is” unacceptable. “According to him, GRU agents disguised as arms dealers, have approached the arsenal. and put the explosives there. The explosion was supposed to have been carried out outside the Czech territory.

Commenting on these somewhat vague accusations, former Czech President Vaclav Klaus, his predecessor Milos Zeman, said they were embarrassing and that diplomatic tensions with Russia were just the way to go. incumbent administrations scored points with NATO and the West. Diplomatic tensions with Russia, a world power, are “less intelligent” and cause the Czechs to show themselves that they are incapable of making any sound foreign policy, Mr. Klaus said. Come on.

Mr. Klaus told the Blesk daily that the actions of the Czech authorities in this situation seem hasty. He argued that “before any fundamental conclusions could be drawn regarding the Vrbetice incident, the country’s leadership” should have waited for the facts and facts to be really serious. ”

So far, tensions between Russia and the Czech Republic seem to have come to an end as the number of employees working at the Russian embassy in Prague and at the Czech embassy in Moscow has dropped to a record – seven on each side.

Mr. Putin signed a hot decree on the ambassador’s staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree restricting the number of Russians working at the embassies of countries believed to be unfavorable towards Russia.

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Russia has responded to unwilling attempts to do so

“Labor contracts with individuals working at embassies and diplomatic organizations in excess of the permitted amount of the government will be liquidated even if it is signed at the time before the above decree is issued. These restrictions apply to countries that are not willing to Russia, ”said the statement on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

This Ordinance will take effect immediately and expire only on new notice.

Russia’s above action comes at a time when diplomatic tensions between Russia and EU countries and the US are escalating.

Not long ago, Washington expelled 10 Russian diplomats involved in alleged US election interference in 2020 and a cyberattack against federal agencies. Shortly thereafter were tensions of reciprocal diplomatic retaliation with the Czech and Baltic states such as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and the European member Poland.

Huy Vu

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