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Russia summons Czech Ambassador to Moscow in connection with 2014 explosion

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Moscow. Photo: TASS

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that in the near future, Russia will clarify its position before the Czech diplomatic mission in Moscow on this politicized case, and said Ambassador Vitezslav Pivonka has been appointed million to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, it was reported that Prague asked Russia to pay 25.5 million euros for damages related to an explosion in 2014 at an ammunition depot in the village of Vrbetice that killed two people. The Prague government also asked Moscow to remove the Czech Republic from the list of countries that are not friendly to Russia, a list published by Russia on May 13 with the two countries mentioned, the US and the Czech Republic.

In mid-April, Prague accused Russian intelligence agents of being involved in an explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetice – something Moscow denies. The two sides then entered a diplomatic expulsion battle, with the Czechs expelling 18 Russian diplomats, while Moscow responded with a statement that 20 Czech diplomats were “not welcome” in Moscow.

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