Czech President appoints new Foreign Minister

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By the decree, the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman has appointed Jakub Kulganek to the post of the country’s foreign minister. On Wednesday, April 21, this was announced on its website “Czech Television”.

After his appointment, he will move from Prague Castle to Cherninsky Palace, where he will take office. It is noted that Kulganek was appointed to the post of head of Czech diplomacy in the midst of a diplomatic crisis after “the secret services disclosed Russia’s involvement in the explosions of ammunition depots in Vrbetice.”

“The new minister is already waiting for talks with the Russian ambassador in the evening,” the message says.

Earlier that day, against the background of the situation with the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic and the reciprocal decision of Moscow, the Czech Foreign Ministry proposed to make a joint statement with NATO.

On April 17, 2021, the Czech Republic announced that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats due to Moscow’s alleged connection with an explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetica. In response, Russia declared 20 employees of the Czech embassy in the Russian Federation persona non grata.

On April 18, NATO supported the Czech authorities in an investigation into Russia’s actions. In addition, the deputies of the Czech parliament called on the government to limit the number of employees of the Russian embassy in Prague and to recover compensation from Moscow for the damage caused by the incident in Vrbetica.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the accusations of the Czech leadership are baseless and destructive for bilateral relations.