In Russia, they thought about limiting the import of beer from the Czech Republic.
(Face Of Nigeria Blog News)- On April 18, Moscow declared 20 employees of the Czech Embassy persona non grata.
These measures were taken in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the republic a day earlier.
Prague believed that they were working undercover for the Russian special services, which, in turn, were allegedly linked to the Vrbetica bombings.
Prague also put on the wanted list of Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov .
Representatives of the Czech special services believe that they were at the site of the explosion in Vrbetica in 2014.
Explosions at the ammunition depot took place on October 16 and December 3, 2014.
As a result of the accidents, two people died. The reasons for the incidents have not been established.
The Russian authorities are considering the possibility of introducing economic sanctions against the Czech Republic in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country.
This was reported on Saturday, April 24, by Kommersant with reference to sources familiar with the discussion of the issue in the state structures of Russia.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, we are talking about restricting the import of a number of Czech goods, in particular beer.
The authorities will have to resort to such measures, since it is impossible to leave “the unprecedented aggressive actions of Prague” unanswered, and there is no way to respond to them exclusively in a mirror image, the sources explained.
“If we act in a mirror-like manner, then all the Czechs should be expelled together with the ambassador, and there it’s not far from the breakdown of diplomatic relations.
Therefore, alternative answers are now being considered, ”the agency’s interlocutors specified.
At the same time, they stressed that when drawing up the black list in Moscow, they will first of all be guided by the principle “do not harm yourself”.
According to Kommersant, currently about ten brands of Czech beer are supplied to Russia.
The share of Czech products in the total import of beer and beer drinks is only about 10 percent, or 40 million liters per year.
At the same time, the volume of consumption of Czech beer in Russia is gradually decreasing due to currency fluctuations.
Thus, most likely, a possible ban on the import of Czech beer will become only a “symbolic stab,” said Vadim Drobiz , director of the Center for Research on Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets (CIFRRA) .