Czech FM summons Russian Ambassador over terrorism comments

Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský summoned the Russian Ambassador Alexander Zmeyevskiy after Russia accused Defence Minister Jana Černochová of supporting terrorism.

Černochová, from the Civic Democrat party, tweeted on Sunday that she did not feel sorry for Daria Dugina, the recently murdered daughter of Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, nor for her father, but rather for the thousands murdered as a result of their propaganda.

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, reacted on Tuesday, stating, “Even if we leave aside morality, which has long since been replaced by Russophobia among our Western colleagues, Černochová’s statements are, at their core, open support and celebration of a terrorist attack against one of our citizen.”

Černochová later rejected the ambassador’s accusations, saying there is a fundamental difference between celebrating a terrorist attack and “not expressing pity over the death of a fascist propagandist publicly calling for the immediate extermination of Ukrainians.”

On Wednesday, Lipavský tweeted, “if Russia wants to talk about terrorism, they should sweep their own doorstep.”

According to Czech News Agency, Prime Minister Petr Fiala, from the Civic Democrat party, reacted through his spokesperson as well, saying, “accusing Jana Černochová of supporting terrorism by any representative of the Russian Federation, which is committing war crimes in Ukraine, cannot be considered anything other than an expression of supreme cynicism.”

Another current accusation is connected to terrorism as well; pro-Russian separatists from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) claim to have averted a terrorist attack that they believe was to be carried out by a Ukrainian trained in the Czech Republic at the time of the upcoming referendum on the DPR’s annexation to Russia.

The Czech foreign ministry said on Twitter on Tuesday that it would not comment on the claims of “a Kremlin puppet regime not recognised by anyone.”

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