Czech compensation claims for Vrbetice incident look like extortion – diplomat – Russian Politics & Diplomacy
MOSCOW, June 28. / TASS /. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova likened Prague’s claim for compensation for damage caused by the 2014 explosions at arms depots in Vrbetice to extortion.
“It is impossible to understand what is going on in the minds of Czech politicians, who have been trying to find a new way to ruin bilateral relations for months. And it is not necessary, really. They wrote themselves. in the list of hostile states themselves. And with each new declaration and savage action, they only confirm their status, “Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel on Monday.
On Monday, news site Mlada Fronta Dnes reported that Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek handed Russian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Alexander Zmeyevsky a note demanding full compensation for damage caused by the explosions in Vrbetice. Prague claims that the Russian secret service was involved in the incident. According to the report, the Czech authorities estimate the damage at around 25.5 million euros. Smolek also told Zmeyevsky that Prague is insisting that its inclusion on the list of hostile states be reconsidered. The Czech Foreign Ministry later confirmed the report.
Zakarova noted that the ideologues of this chimera acted according to the Russian saying “to punish the innocent, reward the uninvolved”.
“I would like to remember that. Usually those who act this way – demanding money without investigation or trial, through threats and insults – are called extortionists,” the diplomat concluded.
On April 17, Prague claimed Moscow would be involved in the Vrbetice explosions and expelled 18 Russian diplomats, calling them intelligence officers. The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its decisive protest against this measure, made under an “unfounded and artificial pretext”, and expelled 20 employees of the Czech embassy. Zakharova noted at the time that Prague had no pretext or evidence to accuse Russia of being involved in the Vrbetice incident.