Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis said that Prague is preparing “legal steps” to demand compensation for damage caused by explosions at weapons depots in Vrbetica, in which, according to the authorities of the republic, the special services of the Russian Federation are involved.
“We are preparing legal steps to demand compensation for damage from those responsible for the explosions,” TASS quoted him as saying.
In addition, he voiced a version according to which Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were involved in the state of emergency in the village of Vrbetice. The Czech authorities claim to be agents of the GRU. In Prague, they believe that they operated on the territory of the Czech Republic and caused damage to the country in the amount of over $ 47 million.
Babis added that the operation “agents failed”, and also suggested that Petrov and Boshirov “are the same persons who successfully acted in Bulgaria and unsuccessfully in Britain.”
The Prime Minister reiterated that the incident in Vrbetica was not an act of terrorism, and the Russian Federation did not attack the Czech Republic. According to him, it was an attack on a product destined for a Bulgarian arms dealer. Babish cited the version according to which the GRU officers, disguised as businessmen engaged in the arms trade, received a pass to the ammunition depots and planted explosive devices there.
Earlier, the Kremlin rejected accusations of the Czech Republic in the involvement of the Russian Federation in the explosion in Vrbetica. We will remind, Babish announced suspicions of the involvement of the Russian special services in this incident. This was followed by the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from the republic. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow persona non grata and expelled them.
Czech Prosecutor General Pavel Zeman said that the same people who are suspected of poisoning the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal are behind the attack on the warehouse in Vrbetica.