The Prague authorities demanded on Monday that the Russian Embassy release half a hectare from the total area occupied by the diplomatic mission. This applies to the territory that was part of the adjacent Stromovka Park until 1968. The corresponding appeal was sent to the Czech government, the head of the municipality of the Prague-7 district, Jan Chizhinsky, said on Twitter.
“The Prague City Council has called on the Czech government to negotiate to bring the Russian Embassy square into line with the state that preceded the Warsaw Pact invasion of [Czechoslovakia] in [August] 1968,” Chizhinsky wrote.
Czech TV clarified that it is about half a hectare of land. The city authorities intend to layout flower beds and plant trees there, as it was before August 1968, when a camp of one of the Soviet military units was deployed on this territory.
This decision was made against the background of a sharp deterioration in Russian-Czech relations after the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian embassy from the republic and the accusation by the authorities of the country about the alleged involvement of Russian special services in the explosions at ammunition depots in the village of Vrbetice (east of the Czech Republic) in 2014.