Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

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Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

“It is a paradox, but there is practically no official material on this case. For seven years, the official authorities of the Czech Republic could not

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Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

“It is a paradox, but there is practically no official material on this case. For seven years, the official authorities of the Czech Republic could not answer the question of who is to blame, they could not even answer what happened there,” said the spokeswoman The day before, the Attorney General of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman, claimed that the suspects of being involved in the Skripal case – the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslán Boshrov – are related to the explosions in Vrbetice in 2014. On April 17, the Czech Police declared that these two Russian citizens were being searched in the framework of an investigation “of a serious crime”, also accused by London of being behind the alleged poisoning of the former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury with a Neuro-paralyzing substance in 2018, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis denounced on 17 April the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence in the explosions that caused two deaths and n an ammunition depot in Vrbetice, in the Zlin region, in 2014. In turn, the acting Foreign Minister, Jan Hamacek, announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague identified as alleged agents of the secret services Moscow, for its part, rejected the accusations as “absurd” and attributed them to the anti-Russian course of the Czech Republic in recent years and also to the “hand of the United States.” On April 18, the Ministry Russia’s Foreign Ministry declared 20 Czech diplomats unwelcome and gave them 24 hours to leave the country. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov considers that the Czech accusations of involvement in the explosions at the Vrbetica warehouse in 2014, in addition to being “gratuitous and unfounded, are, of course, outrageous.” On the Czech statement that the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshrov are related to the explosions in Vrbetice, Peskov said it is baseless and “is not a reason for any kind of analysis.” The Kremlin spokesman also pointed out that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet planned to hold a telephone conversation with the Czech authorities.In other news, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) needs to maintain dialogue with Russia, declared this 20 German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in April. It would be “wrong” to close all channels of dialogue with Russia. The task of the Council of Europe is “to tolerate different opinions and positions.” That is important, because thanks to such discussions “people can be assisted” in different states, said the German Chancellor. These and other topics in El Punto .

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The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, highlighted the absence of any official material on the explosions that occurred in the Czech Republic in 2014, for which the authorities of the European country blame Russia.

“It is a paradox, but there is practically no official material on this case. For seven years, the official authorities of the Czech Republic could not answer the question of who is to blame, they could not even answer what happened there,” said the spokeswoman of the Russian Chancellery.

“I am outraged by the fact that for seven years details, causes and culprits of the explosions in Vrbetice were not revealed. There is no doubt that the Czechs were pressured, these actions are orchestrated by the US,” denounced the spokeswoman for the portfolio of Foreign of Russia.

The day before, the Attorney General of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman, claimed that the suspects of being involved in the Skripal case – the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslán Boshírov – are related to the explosions in Vrbetice in 2014.
On April 17, the Czech Police declared that these two Russian citizens were being searched in the framework of an investigation “of a serious crime”, also accused by London of being behind the alleged poisoning of the former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury with a neuroparalyzing substance, in 2018.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis denounced on April 17 the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence in the explosions that caused two deaths at a munitions depot in Vrbetice, in the Zlin region, in 2014.

In turn, the acting Foreign Minister, Jan Hamacek, announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague identified as alleged agents of Russia’s secret services.

Moscow, for its part, rejected the accusations as “absurd” and attributed them to the anti-Russian course of the Czech Republic in recent years and also to the “hand of the United States.”

Moscow does not rule out domino effect in the EU after the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic
On April 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared 20 Czech diplomats unwelcome and gave them 24 hours to leave the country.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, considers that the Czech accusations of involvement in the explosions at the Vrbetica warehouse in 2014, in addition to being “gratuitous and unfounded, are, of course, outrageous”.

“The behavior of the Czech government is absolutely baseless and destructive to bilateral relations,” Peskov stressed.

On the Czech statement that the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslán Boshrov are related to the explosions in Vrbetice, Peskov said that it is without foundation and “is not a reason for any kind of analysis.”

The Kremlin spokesman also noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet planned to hold a telephone conversation with the Czech authorities.

In other news

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) needs to maintain dialogue with Russia, declared this April 20 the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.

“We have many conflicts with Russia that, unfortunately, complicate our relations. But I am still that person who always says: we must talk to each other … keep the dialogue going,” said Merkel, speaking by videoconference at the PACE.

It would be “wrong” to close all channels of dialogue with Russia. The task of the Council of Europe is “to tolerate different opinions and positions.” That is important, because thanks to such discussions “people can be assisted” in different states, said the German chancellor.

These and other topics in El Punto.

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