Russia accuses Czechia of supplying weapons used in Belgorod attack

The Czech Republic did not heed Russia's call to participate in a UN Security Council meeting in the wake of the attack on Belgorod yesterday. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 31.12.2023 09:40:00 (updated on 31.12.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

In response to Russia's demand for the Czech Republic to attend a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting over the alleged shelling of the Russian city of Belgorod, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused, citing the unwillingness to serve what it deems Russian propaganda.

Russia, accusing Ukrainian forces of shelling Belgorod, called an emergency UNSC meeting last night to address the matter. Moscow claimed that Ukraine used Czech-made RM-70 Vampire rocket launchers in the attack, and summoned the Czech Republic to take part in the meeting.

The Czech Republic, having provided military aid to Ukraine and supporting the nation through state-organized aid and citizen-led fundraising campaigns, refused to participate in the UNSC meeting, emphasizing its commitment against complicity in what it perceives as false narratives.

"We refuse to be summoned anywhere by Russia," Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský wrote on X. "Czechia will not serve the lie-poisoned propaganda of the aggressor. When Russia wants to discuss the withdrawal of its occupying troops at the Security Council, we will be happy to come."

In a letter sent to the UNSC, the Czech diplomatic representation expressed regret for the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. It firmly held Russia responsible for the loss of life on both sides, emphasizing that Russia's aggression triggered the war.

The Czech Republic affirmed its support for Ukraine, aligning with international law, but criticized Russia for using the Security Council platform to spread what it views as misinformation and propaganda.

The letter highlighted the Czech Republic's consistent position that Russia must cease its war in Ukraine and withdraw its troops entirely for a just and lasting peace, as per the UN Charter.

Deputy Russian Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky criticized the Czech Republic, accusing it of cowardice and small-mindedness for refusing to attend the UNSC meeting.

“Your cowardice and small-mindedness are on record," Polyansky wrote on X. "We assume that the Czech Republic will no longer participate in the UN Security Council meeting on the topic of Ukraine." 

The conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, with Russia carrying out significant air strikes, and Ukraine responding with attacks on Russian military infrastructure. The international community watches closely as diplomatic tensions persist, highlighting the complexities of navigating conflicting narratives and geopolitical dynamics.

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