Explosions at weapons depot in Vrbetice in 2014 are “acts of state terrorism” committed by Russian agents against the Czech Republic, says Senate
The Czech Senate declared two explosions in munitions depots in 2014 as acts of state terrorism, following a statement by Prime Minister Andrej Babis accusing Russian intelligence agents of orchestrating the incidents.
Senators also called for the renunciation of the Czech-Russian friendship and cooperation agreement.
On Wednesday, 67 of the 72 parliamentarians present voted in favor of the declaration on state terrorism and recommended to the government that the matter be discussed with the UN Security Council.
On April 17, Babis announced that following investigations by the country’s police and security information service, two explosions in 2014 were likely to have been committed by officers of the GU, the agency. Russian foreign military intelligence.
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The Kremlin has denied all accusations of Moscow involvement, spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling them “Inflammatory and unsympathetic”. Likewise, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova attacked Prague for negligence, claiming the Czechs simply failed to regulate “Private armaments companies”, and blamed Russia.
The explosions, which took place in October and December of the same year in Vrbetice, killed two people. Accusations from Prague suggest the depots held ammunition that was to be sent to Ukraine through Emilian Gebrev, a Bulgarian arms dealer. For this reason, the Czech Prime Minister publicly expressed his disagreement with the Senate, claiming that the alleged attacks were “not state terrorism” because they were targeting Bulgarian products.
Following the charges, Babis decided to expel 18 Russian diplomats. In response, Moscow retaliated by declaring 20 Czech Embassy employees persona non grata. The decision to raise the stake was not well received in Prague, the Czech Republic, in turn threatening to expel “about 60” Russian diplomats in the country.
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