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Czech Republic Closes Its Consular Offices in Russia & Russian Consulates in Its Territory

Given the current situation in Ukraine, the Czech Republic immediately withdrew its consent to the establishment of two general consulates of the Russian Federation in Brno and Karlovy Vary, as well as the consular office headed by an honorary consular officer in Ostrava issued under the Vienna Agreement on Consular Relations and the Bilateral Consular Agreement of 1972.

In a statement issued by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 7, it was announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation had requested the closure of consular offices on March 7, 2022.

It also asked Consulate General staff to leave the Czech Republic by Saturday, March 12, 2022, TheSchengen.com reports.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic announced in a statement issued on March 8 that the Minister of Foreign Affairs decided to close the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in St. Petersburg and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic. Republic in Yekaterinburg.

According to the ministry, all workers were evacuated to the republic on March 6, 2022.

On the other hand, the Embassy of the Republic in Moscow continues the activities of general consulates.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already notified this decision to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,” the statement said, adding that the Consulates General closed their doors on March 7, 2022.

In addition, the authorities of the Czech Republic strongly condemned the actions of the Russian occupying forces that harmed the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic.

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a press release that due to the high pressure caused by the Russian raids, the windows of the consulate building were shattered. However, the same confirmed that the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv, Oleg Chigrinova, and his assistant were unharmed.

“On March 1, 2022, the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv was damaged during a violent missile shelling of Kharkiv by the Russian occupation forces. The pressure wave smashed the windows of the Consulate building. The extent of the damage inside the office premises is not yet known. Fortunately, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv, Oleg Chigrinov, as well as his assistant, are fine and have not suffered any health damage, ”said the statement of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The authorities of the Czech Republic condemned this act, adding that the heavy bombing of Russian missiles in Kharkiv shows that Russia is targeting civilians and civilian buildings, despite its public statement not to do so.

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