Czech President Milos Zeman on Sunday criticized Russia’s decision to put the Czech Republic on its “blacklist”, which includes countries it believes are “unfriendly”.
“The Russian side is doing stupidity because it is a mistake to turn old friends into enemies,” criticized the president in an interview on local broadcaster Frekvence 1.
In this situation he has advocated that if friendship is not possible, “at least some correct relationships will be restored”.
According to the Moscow decision, the Czech Republic can only employ 19 Russian citizens in its embassy in Russia, which has very concrete consequences, since hospitality in the Czech cultural center in Moscow will cease from June.
The large building complex in the heart of the city was built in 1986 and serves as a base for entrepreneurs and exporters as well as advertising for the country.
Russia has been in a bitter diplomatic dispute with the Czech Republic for weeks, which the Russian secret services blamed for the explosions in an ammunition depot in the east of the country in 2014. Moscow denied all allegations and, as a result, both parties have expelled diplomats.
Only the Czech Republic and the United States are currently on this new list of “unfriendly foreign states”, and as a result, they have restricted the number of diplomats in their embassies and the number of local staff that can be recruited.