MOSCOW, may 3/ Radio Sputnik. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of industry and trade of the Czech Republic Karel Havlicek declared in the program on local television that the country has no plans to expel Russian diplomats, but information about the alleged attempted poisoning of the Czech officials require verification.
on Monday, the Prague weekly Respekt, citing a source in the local security services have alleged that in early April in Prague came a man with a Russian diplomatic passport, which carried the suitcase deadly poison ricin. According to the newspaper, the man allegedly then proceeded to the Embassy of the Russian Federation. As suggested by the weekly, the poison may have been intended for two to Prague’s municipal politicians who are associated with the demolition of the monument to Marshal Konev and renaming the square in front of the Russian Embassy in honor of Boris Nemtsov. Officials received in April police protection.
the Russian Embassy sent a note to the Czech foreign Ministry, pointing to the inadmissibility of unfounded attacks on Russia and its diplomatic mission in Prague.
“I don’t think now is the right time in order to decrease the number of diplomats. But nobody has the right to threaten (Czech Republic) and to violate our sovereignty. Anyone who does, should get a solid answer,” said Havlicek, quoted by RIA Novosti.
he added that media reports about alleged arrival of an agent of the Russian special services require verification.
“It should make (Czech) intelligence services, if the information is confirmed, the response must be firm,” said Havlicek.
the discussion was affected by the installation Friday of a monument to Vlasov in the Prague district of Reporyje at the initiative of the headman (chief) of the district of Pavel Novotny.
design is a three-meter metal pole and a memorial plaque with a quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn “the Gulag Archipelago”.
According to the leader of Czech Communists Vojtech Filip, this monument is a glorification of Vlasov and propaganda of fascism. Havlicek said that Novotny can work so as it has definite political views.
While Havlicek added that the Czech Republic must protect its citizens from that, “someone threatened them for their political views”.
Czech President Milos Zeman has repeatedly spoken out against in order to forget about the betrayal of Vlasov, doubting that they deserve a monument. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Charter of the international military Tribunal at Nuremberg the crimes of Vlasov qualify as a participation in the committed by the Nazis and not having a Statute of limitations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Earlier radio Sputnik reported that Lavrov praised the “attempt” to Czech politicians.
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