The Senate of the Czech Parliament plans to initiate a constitutional complaint against President Milos Zeman for allegedly declassifying information during his televised address to the citizens on April 25. This was announced by the chairman of the upper house of parliament Milos Vystrchil on April 26.
“I assume that we will deal with the possibility of filing a complaint in connection with the admitted treason. But first of all we need to gather the necessary information and listen to how this situation is viewed by experts [in constitutional law],” he was quoted as saying by Czech Television.
According to the speaker, the country has already started collecting signatures to demand a constitutional complaint against Zeman, which would accuse the president of treason.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Czech authorities’ statements about the explosion at the Vrbetica ammunition depot were confusing and not very sane.
In a televised address earlier in the day, Milos Zeman did not rule out the possibility that the situation around the story of the explosions at the Vrbetica depot might have been a game of the intelligence services. He pointed out that the intelligence report contained no evidence of the involvement of “Russian agents” in this incident. The Czech President also called to wait for the results of the investigation of the incident before drawing conclusions. According to the Czech leader, there are two main reasons for the explosion: careless handling of ammunition and interference of foreign special services
At the same time, Zeman said he approved the Cabinet’s proposal to expel 18 employees of the Russian embassy because they were believed to be intelligence officers and he “does not like intelligence officers. The Czech leader expressed confidence that the “mutual cannibalism” of the two countries’ embassies was over.
On April 17, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that Czech authorities suspected Russian special services of involvement in an explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetica in 2014. On the same day, the Czech Republic announced its decision to expel 18 Russian diplomats.
Russia responded by declaring 20 employees of the Czech embassy in Moscow persona non grata.