Vladimir Titov: Russia will not tolerate the approach of the Czech Republic to the expulsion of diplomats

In Moscow, noted the degradation of the Russian-Czech relations and do not see the interest from the side of Prague in the subject of the conversation, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Anastasia and Alexandra Grebennikova dibizheva the first Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Titov. Also, the diplomat explained, as in dipvedomstva regard the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic, a new national security strategy of Poland and speculation about alleged Russian involvement in the hacker attack on the German Bundestag.

— So far no proposals to date from the Czechs did not arrive. It is obvious that such consultations shall be overdue, as the Russian-Czech relations have recently deteriorated significantly, and it is not our fault. Unfortunately, the impression that the two partners are clearly not interested in meaningful conversation and remedy the situation.

It is possible that outside factors affect the way of thinking of the authorities of Prague. What is the decision of the Czech government to expel two employees of the Russian center of culture, and, as recognized by the Czechs no claim to them. This approach will not be tolerated.

— We believe that the Czech party has violated the provisions of legal base of the bilateral document – the Treaty on friendly relations and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic from 1993, namely to its article 21, which obliges to ensure the preservation, care and access to military sites, including those located outside the graves.

The decision of the authorities of the district Prague 6 that after the dismantling of the monument, in fact, to put it in some Depository with subsequent placement in a non-existent Museum, consider a mockery of the memory of the liberators of Prague. As for the possibility of redemption of the monument, then consider this as a last resort. Monuments retain their meaning and significance in relation to the places where the historical events, after which they are installed. But it is not excluded any options in conditions when local and Central government refuse to address the situation.

— The ruling circles of the Republic of Poland has long been reproduce the mantra of allegedly pursued by Russia's "aggressive policy". There is a conscious rejection of Warsaw from the alignment with us in a constructive and good-neighbourly relations. The Polish government, laying the basis of a document of national importance was originally propaganda thesis about the alleged "Russian threat" once again demonstrated disappointingly low level of responsibility for the consequences to its people and allies. Sure elevated to the rank of state policy of Russophobia will hardly be able to guarantee the reliability of Poland as a reasonable partner in opposition to the actually existing, common to all mankind challenges and threats, from pandemic to issues on the international disarmament agenda.

Our Polish neighbors translate into political and economic issues, including even in those areas where for a long time, the cooperation has been mutually beneficial. In Warsaw tried to speculate on what Moscow supposedly unreliable gas supplier. We have proved over decades its own reputation. So the desire of Warsaw to change the existing scheme of gas transit to Europe, according to our experts, irrational in the first place for most of Poland, losing a stable source of income by transferring to the exchange principle scheme of Contracting capacity shipment.

Of course, the opportunities for using the gas infrastructure, including the Polish alternative routes to ensure uninterrupted supply of this energy resource consumers in the EU. What kind of routes may be involved, will be decided on the basis of changing market conditions. One thing is clear — the Russian side has choice. But the Polish partners have yet to explain why they want at the expense of other Europeans to realize its not supported by economic considerations political uncertainty.

— A statement by the us Ambassador is rather touch to the relations between the U.S. and Germany, as well as a reaction to the political debate in Germany concerning the need for storage of foreign nuclear weapons on its territory. Not giving assessments of specific initiatives of foreign countries in the framework of military-political blocs, it can be noted that the use of means of pressure on partners and the opposition of some allies to other non – constructive way. Even more paradoxical is that in these situations voluntarily and with eagerness are involved in a third country – in this case Poland. Whatever military capabilities, threatening our country or were stationed on Polish territory, the competent Russian agencies will take all necessary counter measures.

— Unsubstantiated speculation about the alleged Russian involvement in the hacker attack on the German Bundestag sound from Berlin for five years. The incident allegedly took place in 2015, and occurred shortly after the unexpected closure of the German law enforcement investigation in the case of listening to US intelligence agencies phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

For all this long time the German authorities any evidence of guilt of our country is presented. They have not provided them and to our Ambassador during the conversation the German foreign Ministry. We have repeatedly offered to German counterparties substantive and fact-based to discuss their claims in bilateral negotiations, but they are from this conversation invariably shied away from. A reasonable question arises, why?

Now Berlin refers to some newly discovered "reliable evidence" of Russian involvement in the cyber attack, which, according to German media, was allegedly received from U.S. intelligence.

If the German side have received from Washington documentary evidence of someone's guilt, then we are ready to consider these materials. Their presentation we will be treated as baseless charge of Russia.

Yes, system will enter into force after the end of the transition period under Brekzita, that is from 1 January 2021, replacing the Common external tariff of the EU. In spite of ongoing political difficulties in our relationship, the Kingdom consistently ranks among the main external economic partners of Russia. Brexit could be an incentive to strengthen bilateral ties, including the formation of the most clear and simple rules in mutual trade. With this in mind, pay special attention to the measures in the new conditions is taking the British government to increase the attractiveness of the domestic market for foreign economic operators, and the predictability of the investment climate.

Our specialized departments are ready for contacts with the British side on this subject, and also to the reopening of those run-bilateral mechanisms – the intergovernmental Committee on trade and investment and Energy high-level dialogue designed to discuss and promote the development of trade-economic cooperation.