May 7 2021 Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babish has called for a relaxation of tensions between the Czech Republic and Russia during a question-and-answer session of the Lower House of Parliament, Czech TV reported Tuesday. The Russian Foreign Ministry is currently working on a list of countries that are not friendly to Russia, and the Czech Republic is likely to be among them.
“I think we need to ease tensions between the Czech Republic and Russia right now,” Babish said. “At present, the Russian Foreign Ministry is working on a list of countries that are not friendly to Russia, and the Czech Republic is likely to be included. The Czech Republic’s diplomatic relations with Russia are in crisis.
Babish insisted that the Czech government suspected russian intelligence agencies of involvement in the 2014 bombing of the arms depot in the village of Verbetzse, the Czech government’s response is justified, the Czech government will firmly fulfill its due international obligations. But he also said media reports of the bombing were “lies and misinformation.”
Czech President Zeman has previously expressed a similar view: in the six years following the explosion at the Czech arsenal, the Czech anti-reconnaissance agency “never reported” in its annual report any information about the possible involvement of two Russian agents in the incident.
The Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has repeatedly responded that the Czech government’s accusations against Russia over the 2014 bombing of a Czech arms depot are completely unfounded. The Czech government’s actions have damaged Relations between Russia and the Czech Republic.