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Response of Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Russia's decision to include Czech Republic in list of "unfriendly countries"

 

The Russian government approved a list of "unfriendly countries" to which the measures set out in President Putin's decree of late April this year will apply. The list includes the Czech Republic and the United States. With this decision, the Russian government has reduced the number of local staff that the Czech Republic's diplomatic missions in the Russian Federation can employ to 19 people. We are now studying the exact wording of the document and analysing the specific impact on the functioning of our embassy in Russia.

We consider this course of action by the Russian Federation to be another step towards the escalation of relations not only with the Czech Republic, but also with the EU and its allies. Moreover, it is completely contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, especially in relation to the commitment of its signatories to allow diplomatic missions to function properly and to the principle of non-discrimination between states. We regret that Russia is choosing the path of confrontation to its own detriment, as this measure will also have an indirect effect on the possible development of contacts between ordinary citizens, on tourism, and on the development of trade relations.

This act of the Russian government does not change the original decision to cap the number of employees at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Prague. Unlike the Russian approach, our move is in full compliance with international law.

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