The Czech Foreign Ministry has gathered to tighten security measures for employees of the country’s embassy in Russia. in Moscow. This was stated in an interview with RBC by the head of the diplomatic department Tomas Petrzycek.
“We plan to strengthen security measures for diplomats and will send security officers directly from our Foreign Ministry to the Czech embassy in Moscow,” Petrzycek said.
According to the minister, Moscow has not yet responded to requests from Prague regarding the rally near the embassy building on April 5. The protesters fixed a banner with the words “Stop fascism” on the fence of the diplomatic mission and threw a smoke bomb into its territory.
And on April 16 a similar action took place at the Czech consulate in St. Petersburg. The reason for the action was the dismantling of the monument to Soviet Marshal I. S. Konev in Prague. Activists of the Other Russia movement claimed responsibility for them. On this occasion, the Czech Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Russian Foreign Ministry. It stated that Prague expects Moscow to take “necessary measures” to prevent such incidents.
Meanwhile, the head of the Prague-6 district, Ondřej Kolář, who ordered to dismantle the monument, complained to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, about the alleged “inadequate reaction” of Russia to this, as he put it, “a completely legal solution”.
At the same time, Petrzycek said that the Czech Foreign Ministry transmitted through diplomatic channels an offer to Russian colleagues to start consultations in order to resolve the existing disputes. And Czech President Milos Zeman called the demolition of the monument “a stupid thing that our insignificant politicians committed.”