Czech foreign minister: resetting relations with Russia task for next government

One of the preconditions for a serious political dialogue with Russia would be the removal of the Czech Republic from the list of “unfriendly” countries, Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek said in an interview for the CTK news agency. The minister said relations with Russia should be pragmatic and based on mutual respect, but noted that a decision on their future direction would be up to the next government.

Czech-Russian relations are at freezing point after the Czech Republic expelled dozens of Russian diplomats from the country earlier this year, saying that Russian agents had been behind deadly explosions on Czech territory in 2014.