Russia expects the Czech reaction to treatment in connection with the dismantling of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

It is noted that immediately after the dismantling of the monument to Konev, the foreign Ministry proposed to start a dialogue about the gross violation of the obligations under the joint agreement on basic principles of friendly relations from 1993. According to Lavrov, the agreement, the Czech Republic is obliged to “faithfully protect and provide access to the monuments, including the monument to Marshal Konev”. This paragraph has been violated, said the Minister.

If the Czech side, our Czech colleagues have confirmed that the contract for them in all of their items continues to be mandatory, then we expect from them reaction — TASS quoted Lavrov.

In his opinion, the dialogue, the Czech Republic should explain the breach of contract. In addition, the parties must agree how to fix it.

The Czech authorities dismantled the statue of military commander on 3 April — half a century after installation. The monument was opened in 1980 on the square of international Brigade in memory of the liberation of the city from German forces in may 1945. The investigative Committee of Russia opened on the fact of dismantling of the monument to a criminal case.

As previously wrote the Czech President Milos Zeman commented on the demolition of the monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev. According to him, those who ordered to dismantle the monument, made a “stupid” and “ridiculous” act, however, Russia’s reaction to this seems inadequate.