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Czech MFA summons Russian ambassador to demand compensation for 2014 explosions in Vrbetica

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia's decision to add Czechia to the list of non-friendly states contradicts the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and the bilateral deal on friendship and cooperation
16:33, 29 June 2021

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Russian ambassador Aleksandr Zmeevsky was summoned to the Czech Foreign Ministry; the diplomats want to discuss two open international and legal questions in the Russian-Czech relations. A representative of the authority in Prague reported that as quoted by Deutsche Welle.

According to Martin Smolek, the Deputy Foreign Minister who invited the Russian ambassador for consultations, Russia's decision to add Czechia to the list of non-friendly states contradicts the 1961 Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and the 1993 bilateral deal on friendship and cooperation.

Zmeevsky also received a protest note, in which Prague urged Moscow to start negotiations on full compensation of losses caused by the explosions in Vrbetica in 2014. According to Mlada fronta Dnes outlet, the estimated damage made 25.5 million Euros. 

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova compared Czechia's demand with an act of extortion. According to her, with every new statement, Czechia only confirms its status of the country that is non-friendly towards Russia.

The explosions in Vrbetica, Czechia thundered in October and December 2014. Two ammo storages were destroyed, two people deceased. In April 2021, Prime Minister Andrej Babis claimed that the investigation team assued involvement of Russia's special services in the explosions.

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