The diplomatic crisis between Russia and Czechia is deepening. Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek had met with the Russian Ambassador to Prague Alexander Zmeyevsky and delivered an ultimatum that if the 20 Czech diplomats that Russia expelled are not allowed to return to Moscow by 12:00 tomorrow, they will deport more Russian diplomats.
Making a statement after the Czech ultimatum, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mariya Zaharova said, “Judging by the statements of some Czech politicians, they are trying to make (Franz) Kafka a reality. We recommend that Prague leave an ultimatum for communication within NATO. “Such a style is unacceptable with Russia.”
Zaharova, implying that Czech Ambassador Vitezslav Pivonka will be summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tomorrow, said, “Tomorrow, the meeting with the Czech Ambassador will continue at the Russian Foreign Ministry”.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, on the other hand, stated in his previous statements, in response to such an ultimatum from Prague, that Moscow does not accept the style of demands from other countries.
Czechia announced that it would deport 18 Russian diplomats last Saturday on the grounds that they had a role in the explosion in the ammunition depot in the city of Vrbietiec in 2014, which resulted in the death of 2 people. In the face of this step by the Czech Republic, Russia expelled 20 Czech diplomats. The tension between the two countries was also reflected in trade relations. While Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlicek announced that the Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom will be removed from the list of companies to participate in the new unit construction of the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant, Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek stated that they gave up the Sputnik V corona virus vaccine they planned to buy from Russia.