The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the statements of the Czech Republic about the “return” of the land plot of the embassy in Prague.
In a comment posted on its Facebook page, the ministry recalled the real estate of the Czech embassy on Tverskaya Street in Moscow.
As noted in the department, the countries have tools for a professional and competent dialogue on the topic of real estate, including the use of land by embassies. And earlier, when these questions arose, the mechanism of appropriate expert consultations was activated.
In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry added that the aforementioned land plots were allocated by the USSR in the early 70s on the basis of the existing Soviet-Czechoslovak agreements.
Earlier, the Prague authorities demanded that the Russian embassy free half a hectare of the total area occupied by the diplomatic mission. In particular, this refers to the territory that until 1968 was part of the adjacent Stromovka Park. A corresponding appeal was sent to the Czech government.
Note that earlier, the Czech authorities expelled 18 employees of the Russian embassy from the republic and charged them with the alleged involvement of Russian special services in the explosions at ammunition depots in the village of Vrbetice in 2014.
Moscow has denied all accusations of involvement in the incident. The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a strong protest to Prague and declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy in Moscow persona non grata.
Meanwhile, the ex-President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus previously criticized the actions of the current authorities of the country for the scandal with Russia.