The Czech Republic will require Russia to pay for the lease of the territory under the diplomatic and domestic buildings. The agency reported CTK with reference to the documents of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic.
“On the land plots for the lease of which the Czech state will demand payment from Russia, there are a complex of household buildings on Schweigerova Street in Prague, as well as buildings of the former Russian consulates general in Karlovy Vary and Brno,” the publication says.
As early as May 17, the Czech authorities canceled nine decrees of the government of socialist Czechoslovakia adopted in the 1970s and 1980s. According to these orders, the government allowed the USSR to use sites in the republic for diplomatic purposes free of charge.
According to the Czech Cabinet of Ministers, now the Russian side is using the territories for other than the agreed purpose, so Prague sees no reason to allow them to be provided free of charge. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala noted that the republic will demand from Moscow the amount that is suitable for the region of the plots.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned the Czech government about Moscow’s retaliatory measures against the decision to cancel the agreement on the free use of plots in the country by the embassy. According to her, certain measures should be worked out, so Russia will react after a while.