Czech Republic rejects having accepted an alleged exchange of information on the vaccine explosion of Vrbetice


The Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Jan Hamacek, rejected on Tuesday that the government has agreed to give Russia information about the controversial explosions that took place in 2014 in Vrbetice in exchange for a batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccines.

“I strongly deny these speculations about my supposed intention to exchange information about Vrbetice for supplies from Sputnik V,” Hamacek said on his Twitter account. “The article is based on lies that cannot be confirmed,” he said.

Hamacek has thus pointed out that conversations were held with senior Russian officials but that these have dealt with the consequences of the Vrbetice incident for Czech national security and relations with Russia. “No one has talked about the possibility of making exchanges. These rumors are harmful and play in favor of another country,” said the Czech politician.

This is how the Czech Minister of the Interior has also responded to the information on several news portals, which assured that Hamacek would intend to travel to Russia to talk about the explosions, which have caused a diplomatic dispute with Russia, in exchange for Moscow sending vaccines against the coronavirus and let the Czech Republic organize a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and American Joe Biden.

Czech authorities last month accused several Russian citizens of being behind the explosions in an arsenal in the town of Vrbetice. Soon after, the Government of the Czech Republic announced the expulsion of 18 workers from the Russian Embassy in Prague, a move to which Moscow has responded in a similar way.

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