10:46 GMT10 July 2020
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    The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the Czech ambassador has been summoned due to an "unhealthy atmosphere" around some Russian property objects in Prague.

    Czech Ambassador to Russia Vitezslav Pivonka has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to discuss the situation around some Russian property objects in Prague.

    The Czech side has been asked to show a moderate approach towards the issue and focus on the elaboration of a balanced decision during the negotiations.

    "During the conversation, the diplomat's attention was drawn to the abnormal situation around some of the real estate facilities in Prague used by the Russian side. A representation was made to the head of the Czech diplomatic mission in connection with the unhealthy atmosphere around this issue," the ministry said.

    The envoy was summoned after a number of Czech media outlets claimed that the Russian embassy in the country had been leasing apartments in four houses provided to the diplomatic mission.

    Commenting on the information, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova noted that the reports were based on local sources that "distort the truth". She also specified that the Russian side has four houses in Prague, but that their status is currently being negotiated.

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    summoning, accusations, property, Russia, Prague
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