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Belarus Watch Briefing Issue #1
The Czech Republic Blames Russia for a 2014 Explosion: How Is It Related to Ukraine?
April 20, 2021
The Czech Republic blames Russia for a 2014 explosion: how is it related to Ukraine? We have prepared a timeline of key events around the issue:
The Czech Republic recently
blamed Russia for having organized a mass explosion at an ammunition depot
in the country’s East in 2014;
Czech police say that Russian
Anatoly Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin
[previously involved in Skrypals’ poisoning in the UK in 2018]organized the explosion
It is possible that they targeted ammunition that was meant to be procured for Ukraine
through Bulgarian company Emco, given that
back in autumn 2014, the Russian-Ukrainian war was in an active phase
Several months later, Emilian Gebrev, Bulgarian arms dealer and
owner of the aforementioned company became the target of a chemical attack with Novichok
Following the above accusations,
18 Russian diplomats were expelled from the Czech Republic
;visit of Jan Hamáček, Czech Republic’s Deputy Prime Minister, to Russia has been cancelled. Russian company
ROSATOM has been expelled from participation in tender
for the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant;
Ukraine, the US, as well as some other western countries supported actions taken by the Czech Republic, while
Russia's foreign ministry called the decision "unprecedented" and a "hostile act".
Analyst and Journalist at UkraineWorld and Internews Ukraine
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