Russia's relations with the Czech Republic is overshadowed by the well-known events, it can have a detrimental effect, but the Russian Federation is in favour of good relations with all countries, said press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
"Relations with the Czech Republic in recent years it has been overshadowed by certain events with certain unfriendly steps taken at the level of municipal authorities and Central authorities. Of course, this impacted negatively on the General background of our bilateral relations", - said Peskov told reporters.
Politicians and diplomats have commented on the words of the mayor of the district Prague 6 ondřej Kolář, who said that the demolition of the monument to Marshal Ivan Konev to blame the Russian Embassy. They called saying official dirty horseplay and botched attempt to make excuses for their actions.
The key statement in the material RIA Novosti.
The mayor of the district Prague 6 ondřej kolář said that the demolition of the monument to the Soviet commander, Marshal Ivan Konev, blame the Russian diplomats.
According to him, the Russian Embassy refused to take the monument on its territory. Diplomats felt that to protect the monument from scandals – the duty of the police and municipal authorities, says the mayor.
Moscow and Prague in a few weeks will begin negotiations around the situation with a monument to Konev, told reporters the Ambassador of Czechia in Moscow Vítězslav Pivonka that was previously summoned to the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation in connection with a diplomatic scandal.
According to the diplomat, the talks will be held at the level of Deputy foreign Ministers or special representatives of the government.
Moscow and Prague for consultations in a few weeks will take a political decision on the situation with the monument to Konev, told reporters the Ambassador of Czechia in Moscow Vítězslav Pivonka that was previously summoned to the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation in connection with the expulsion of employees of Rossotrudnichestvo from Prague.
"No. It will be taken in the consultation in a few weeks," said the Ambassador, answering the question about whether it was made the political decision on the monument to Konev.
Press Secretary of the Czech President Milos Zeman jiří Ovcacek, commenting on the story of the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country, called the data breach in the media "essential difficulty" of the Czech Republic, which is not allowed to quietly investigate the situation.
Czech Prime Minister Andrew Babish earlier, citing intelligence agencies, said that the Czech government made a decision about expulsion of two Russian diplomats, which is associated with the story about the alleged transport of the Czech Republic Russian diplomat of the poison ricin. Rossotrudnichestvo said RIA Novosti that from the Czech Republic sent the acting head of the Agency in Prague and one of its employee. The Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic has denied reports about imported poison, calling them "outrageous and heinous". Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the message of the Czech mass media similar to another duck. The Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that no one has evidence that Moscow was trying someone to poison in the Czech Republic.
The Czech authorities declared persona non grata two employees of the Russian centre of science and culture. According to Prime Minister Andrew Babish, they are involved in which appeared a few months ago, information in the Czech media about a Russian diplomat who allegedly brought in his suitcase the poison ricin intended for the alleged poisoning of politicians associated with the demolition of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague and the renaming of the square in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
The Russian foreign Ministry said that the Czech side did the dishonest and unworthy, without any reason causing damage to bilateral relations. The Ministry has promised an adequate response to such moves by the Czech authorities.
The decision of the Czech Republic to send two employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague can be aimed at disrupting the upcoming visit of the President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman at the Victory parade in Moscow, said RIA Novosti, first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov.
"I think this is done in order to disrupt the visit of Zeman at the Victory parade in Moscow, so it did not take place. The scandal with alleged ex-provodkoy poison was over a month ago, and suddenly, as soon as Zeman said that he will definitely go to the parade, followed by such decisions and statements," - said dzhabarov.