The Czechs escalated the legal war with Russia

The Czechs escalated the legal war with Russia

On television channel Ceska Televise, the Czech Republic intends to ask Russia to compensate at least 1 billion koruna (about 39 million euros) as a compensation for material damage to explosions at a warehouse in the village of Vrbetice in 2014. .

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The explosion of the ammunition warehouse in Vrbetice in 2014 killed 2 people.

Specifically, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alena Schillerova said that the most appropriate solution to the problem is the claim in accordance with international law.

However, the official admitted, the process could take a long time.

Previously, Prime Minister Andrej Babis confirmed that Russia “did not attack” this country, and that the 2014 weapons warehouse explosion was “not an act of state terror”.

However, Mr Babis asserted that the GRU Russian Military Intelligence Service (former Soviet name – now GU) was still involved in the 2014 incident.

However, the Czech Prime Minister insisted that the presence of GRU agents in the Czech Republic was “completely unacceptable” and that they made the attack “messy”.

Prime Minister Babis’ comments were seen as a tensions effort after the Czech Republic and Russia “tit for tat” in their fight to expel their diplomats, causing tensions between the two countries to escalate in the end. last week.

The current Czech police hypothesis is that weapons owned by a Bulgarian arms dealer were set to detonate after they were delivered to a third country buyer, but there is “enough evidence. “to believe that Russian spies were behind the 2014 explosion,” according to Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek.

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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Russia did not attack the arsenal.

In a response, First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation Vladimir Dzhabarov announced that Russia would not agree to any compensation to the Czech Republic for what it did not do.

He also said that the Czech decision was unrealistic and could seriously affect the bilateral relationship.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since the Czech accused two Russian spies in the Sergei Skripal case in 2018 of being involved in the 2014 explosion in the village of Vrbetice, and expelled 18 staff of the Russian Embassy in this country. Moscow also responded to the Czech Republic on the number of Czech diplomats working at the Embassy in Russia.

Interior Minister and Acting Czech Foreign Minister Hamacek said he was surprised by the Russian retaliation and said the response was “stronger than we expected”.

The surprise Czech decision seems to have affected both Russia’s atomic energy developer Rosatom’s bid to build a power plant in Dukovany and Mr Hamacek’s planned trip to Moscow to negotiation on the supply of vaccine COVID-19 Sputnik V to Prague.

What the Czech media said about the arsenal explosion

According to Irozhlas news site, the weapons in the exploded warehouses are not part of the Czech Ministry of Defense. The warehouse is owned by the Military Technical Academy and hired by a private company called Imex Group, a business specializing in weapons business.

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Bulgarian weapons dealer Emilian Gebrev

Immediately after the incident, the country’s authorities said explosions came as preparations for the export of weapons to Bulgaria were underway.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria not only produces a lot of different weapons, but also participates in the resale, becoming a major weapons hub for European, African and Asian countries.

Based on this fact, according to many experts, the Bulgarian company Emco is the arms receiver. Both businesses are owned by Bulgarian businessman Emilian Gebrev – a legitimate arms dealer who was also attacked immediately after the bombing in the Czech Republic.

In 2015, he was twice poisoned with nerve agent, and also after the assassination of the Skripals spy in Salisbury, UK in 2018. All of these cases were grouped together into a chain. event.

In contrast, Respect magazine cited sources from local police as saying that the weapon was indeed being prepared for delivery to Gebrev – the middleman between the manufacturer and the buyer. In particular, he is also a supplier to the Ministry of the Interior and the National Guard of Ukraine.

The SZ publication added that the Russian intelligence plan to detonate the ammunition stockpile to cut off arms supplies may not only target Ukraine but also Syria. When businessman Gebrev supplied the Arab countries with weapons, then this item fell into the hands of the opposition that fought with the Syrian government forces.

Two people were killed in the first explosion at the Vrbetice arsenal in October 2014. A second explosion also occurred at the site in December of that year. The weapons in this warehouse are owned by a Bulgarian arms dealer, and their final destination is rumored to be Ukraine or Syria.

Hai Lam


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