First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek did not rule out taking further steps towards Russia, RIA Novosti reports.
According to him, he plans to discuss with Prime Minister Andrei Babish the expediency of taking additional measures against Moscow, “given how decisive the Russian reaction was.”
When asked if the Czech measures could include a reduction in the composition of the Russian embassy in Prague, Hamacek said that there could also be action in this direction. At the same time, the head of the Foreign Ministry also intends to first discuss this issue with Babish.
Earlier, the Czech Prime Minister announced suspicions of the involvement of Russian special services in the explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetica in 2014. As a result, 18 Russian diplomats were expelled from the country.
In response, Russia declared 20 employees of the Czech diplomatic mission persona non grata. The Russian Foreign Ministry denies the accusations of the Czech Republic and calls them absurd and unfounded. According to the official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, in this way Prague is trying to hide its internal problems.
Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus criticized the actions of the current authorities for the scandal with Russia.