The Czech foreign Ministry considers "improper" a note to the Russian Embassy in Prague, sent on Monday to the Czech depodesta in connection with the article in the weekly Respekt on arrival in the Republic of a man with the diplomatic passport of the Russian Federation and with the poison ricin in a suitcase, allegedly to poison some municipal politicians of Prague, said Tuesday the representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Zuzana Stihova.
On Monday, the Prague weekly Respekt, citing a source in the local security services have alleged that three weeks ago in Prague came a man with a Russian diplomatic passport, which was in my suitcase deadly poison ricin. The man then proceeded to the Embassy of the Russian Federation to his waiting car of the diplomatic mission. As suggested by the weekly, the poison may have been intended for two to Prague’s municipal politicians: the mayor of the district Prague 6 ondřej Kolář and primator of Prague, Zdenek Griba. They are associated with the demolition of the monument to Marshal Konev and the renaming of the square in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the area of Boris Nemtsov.
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in this regard, sent a note to the Czech foreign Ministry stating the inadmissibility of the ongoing baseless attacks on Russia and its diplomatic mission in Prague. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the message of the Czech mass media like a duck. The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called information media and fake another irritant in bilateral relations. Later, the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that no one has evidence that Russia tried someone to poison in the Czech Republic.
"the Ministry of foreign Affairs (Czech Republic) sent an answer to the Russian note, which we consider improper, because it is aimed at restricting independent media. The Czech Republic performs and will continue to comply with all their obligations under international law. It is not true that Czech Republic in any way violated these obligations. In the Czech Republic is freedom of the press and prohibition of censorship in accordance with the Declaration of basic rights and freedoms. In these freedoms, the foreign Ministry does not intervene and will not interfere. We also reject attempts by another state. We also draw attention to the Agreement on friendly relations between the Czech Republic and Russia in which both sides pledged that they would not interfere in the internal Affairs of each other", – reads the statement of the representative of the foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic.
At the same time the Czech Agency CTK reported on Tuesday that foreign Ministry spokesman Zuzana Stihova has supplemented his statement of information that no foreign Minister Tomas Petricek or his deputies do not plan to present any direct talks with the Russian Ambassador in Prague Alexander Zmeevsky about the current disputes between the two countries.
In addition, according to information CTK, Stihova spoke about coming to PRAGU men with Russian diplomatic passport.
"the Fact is that about three weeks ago from a business trip back to Prague, accredited to the Russian diplomat, whom his colleagues actually met at the airport. On the part of the Ministry of foreign Affairs to speak is not, is a question for the intelligence agencies," said Stihova.