In the long term, the Czech Republic should have an ambassador in Russia. President Petr Pavel said this after the meeting of the highest constitutional officials on foreign policy.
The current ambassador to Russia since 2018 is Vítězslav Pivoňka, who has been staying in the Czech Republic for several months. The office in Moscow is managed by his deputy – chargé d’affaires Jiří Čistecký.
Seznam News reported at the beginning of November that an agreement was being made, according to which Daniel Koštoval should take the exposed post. In the past, he worked in the Černín Palace, later he was the Deputy Minister of Defense, he currently works as a security researcher at the CEVRO Institute, which is personally connected to the ODS.
Relations between Prague and Moscow have been strained since at least the discovery that the Russian secret service GRU was behind the explosion of the ammunition warehouse in Vrbětice. Czech support for Ukraine, which Russia attacked last February, also contributed to their further deterioration.
In the past, President Pavel expressed more restraint on the question of a new ambassador in Moscow than, for example, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský (Pirates).
According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), there is agreement on the steps regarding the ambassador to Russia. It is reasonable to proceed in harmony with the allies. “Yesterday (Wednesday) in Moscow, representatives of a number of countries and from Europe handed over credentials. We have to look at that question in this context as well,” he added.