Russia cancels the agreement on the Czech consulate in Yekaterinburg

Russia cancels the agreement on the Czech consulate in Yekaterinburg

Russia cancels agreement on Czech consulate in Yekaterinburg< /p> Illustration photo – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Moscow – Russia terminates the intergovernmental agreement with the Czech Republic on the establishment of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Yekaterinburg in the Urals, the Russian state agency TASS reported, citing the relevant decree of the Russian government, which was published today on official server. According to the document, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered the Russian Foreign Ministry to inform the Czech side about this decision.

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TASS recalled that the agreement with the Czech Republic on the consulate was concluded in 2001, and added that according to earlier information, the Czech Republic suspended the activities of its office in Yekaterinburg.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 last year. February, the number of Russian diplomats in the Czech Republic was reduced. The Czech Republic also revoked Russia's consent to operate consulates in Brno and Karlovy Vary. It also closed its consulates in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg at the time. The Czech House in Moscow is temporarily closed.

The functioning of the consulate in the Urals was also affected by the Czech-Russian diplomatic rift and the mutual expulsion of diplomats in the spring of 2021 after the Czech secret services and investigators discovered that the explosions in the ammunition warehouses in Vrbětice on Agents of the Russian secret services were involved in Zlínsk in 2014.

At that time, the head of Hungarian diplomacy, Péter Szijjártó, in response to criticism that Budapest did not stand up for Prague sufficiently, stated, among other things, that Hungary had complied with the Czech Republic's request for security assistance and the operation of the Consulate General in Yekaterinburg before Prague is able to replace its expelled diplomats.