Czech diplomatic vehicle stopped by Russian traffic police
The Czech Foreign Ministry has requested Russia to explain a diplomatic incident in which a car with a diplomatic license plate was stopped by Russian police. The incident reportedly happened in Yekaterinburg on Thursday. A Czech consulate car was stopped by traffic police who demanded that the driver take a breathalyzer test, despite the fact that he had not violated any traffic rules. The request was refused by the diplomat present who called the Czech consul to the scene. The police claim to have stopped the vehicle after getting tipped off by an anonymous source and the Czech consul told the CTK news agency later that the immediate presence of journalists and a local TV crew at the scene of the incident was highly suspicious. The consul has strongly rejected claims that the driver may have been drunk or had been speeding.