Russian Foreign Ministry Summons Czech Ambassador Over Diplomatic Row
06:49 GMT 15.06.2020(updated 09:25 GMT 15.06.2020)
The Czech ambassador has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with a diplomatic scandal, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Czech Ambassador to Russia Vitezslav Pivonka, who had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry, said Monday that the start of bilateral talks was discussed at the meeting.
"We discussed the beginning of consultations between the Czech side and the Russian side on all bilateral issues," the ambassador told reporters.
According to Pivonka, Moscow gave Prague last names of two people it planned to declare personae non gratae, following a similar diplomatic incident in the Czech Republic.
In late April, Czech magazine Respekt reported that a Russian diplomat had brought ricin deadly poison into the country for allegedly killing Czech politicians involved in the dismantling of a statue to a Soviet war hero in Prague.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis accused the two diplomats of hoaxing the plot to bring ricin into the country and announced their expulsion on 5 June. The Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic said that the accusations were a provocation.
At the same time, not only Moscow has refuted all claims related to poisoning, but Czech President Milos Zeman has also expressed doubts regarding the relevant reports.
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