The Czech foreign Ministry is going to send the security staff in Moscow to protect its diplomats, said in an interview with Russian Agency RBC on 7 may, the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic tomáš Peter.
This decision was taken after the protests of the Russians, dissatisfied with the demolition of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague.
“We plan to increase security for diplomats and direct employees of the security service directly from our Ministry of foreign Affairs at the Czech Embassy in Moscow”, – said Peter.
On 5 April representatives of the organization “Other Russia” organized an action in front of the Embassy of Czech Republic in Moscow. During the protest they threw a smoke grenade on the territory of the diplomatic institutions. 16 April, members of the “Other Russia” held an action with the use of smoke grenades at the Consulate of Czech Republic in Saint-Petersburg. Both times, the Czech foreign Ministry sent a note to the Russian foreign Ministry.
In an interview with RBC Peter said that at the requests of the Czech side , Russia is still not answered.
“Unfortunately, we are still waiting for a reaction from the Russian authorities,” – said the diplomat.
The tension in relations between the Czech Republic and Russia emerged after in Prague 3 APR dismantled pamatic Konev. The Czech authorities have stated that they plan to put the monument, which previously often poured paintin the Museum memory of the twentieth century.
The Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu wrote a letter to Czech authorities, demanding the transfer of the monument to Russia. The imprint of the Russian Federation initiated on the fact of demolition of the monument to a criminal case under part 3 of article 354.1 to the Criminal code (desecration of symbols of Russia’s military glory, committed publicly). The Czech foreign Ministry called the actions Sledkoma interference in internal Affairs.
On 26 April, the newspaper Respekt published an investigationwhere it was alleged that three weeks ago in Prague arrived the employee of the Russian special services with a diplomatic passport, which with me could be the poison ricin to poison a number of Czech politicians, including the mayor of the Czech capital Zdenek Griba and initiator of the dismantling of the monument, head of the administration of the district Prague 6 ondřej Kolář. After that they took custody. The Russian Embassy in Prague has called the publication of speculation and called to give her “appropriate assessment”.
During the Second world war, Prague – at that time the capital of Czechoslovakia – was released as a result of the Prague offensive 6-11 may 1945. Konev was one of the commanders of the Soviet group of forces. However, in the Czech Republic to Konev negative attitude because of his involvement in the suppression of the Prague spring in August 1968. In 2018, the Czech Republic recognized the events of the invasion and occupation.