As I mentioned Radio Prague InternationalKarel Hawliczek announced Sunday that Rosatom will be removed from the list of companies seeking to build a nuclear power plant.
The Russians are exempt from expanding the Czech power plant
The day before, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz announced the information about the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats. The reason for this decision is evidence of the participation of Russian intelligence in the explosion that occurred in the ammunition depot in 2014, which was to be provided by the Czech services.
Rosatom will be excluded from the list in the coming days. Writes ReutersAccording to the words of the Czech minister, it is possible that the Russians will not only participate in the expansion of the Dukovani power plant, but also will not be able to participate in the safety inspection.
Prime Minister Andrei Babesz informed that President Milos Zeman had been warned about the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats, considered Russian intelligence personnel, who supported the procedure. The Prime Minister added that at the next meeting of the European Council, he will get acquainted with the details of the European Union’s partners.
Bohuslav Subotka, who headed the Czech government in 2014, assessed that if the outbreak was caused by agents of a foreign state, it should be considered an act of terrorism. Part of the parliamentary opposition is a similar opinion, which called on the prime minister to discuss the matter at the level of the European Union and NATO
There was an explosion of two Russian intelligence officers in 2014 in Vorbitis, in the eastern Czech Republic. As the Czech prime minister said, the explosion in the ammunition depot caused “enormous material losses”. Two people were killed.
Moscow responded to the expulsion of the embassy staff. “Prague is aware of the consequences of such scams,” Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in a statement carried by TASS.
In turn, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the lower house of the Russian parliament, Leonid Slutsky, said that the Czech Republic continues “Russia phobia.” a pathThe United States, which had expelled Russian diplomats in the past. In his opinion, there were no reasons for such a move on the part of the Czech Republic and the reasons given regarding the events of 2014 are incorrect. RussiaHe added that there would be retaliation from Moscow for sure. Interfax wrote, citing a Russian diplomatic source: It appears that the Czech Republic has decided to close its embassy in Moscow.