Ukrainian crisis: Donetsk separatists can't have representative office in Czech Republic, Prague says

12:43 Aug. 30, 2016

Donetsk separatists can't have representative office in Czech Republic, Prague says

Cernin Palace, today the seat of the Czech Foreign Ministry. (GettyImages Photo)

Russian-backed republic earlier claimed it would open ‘officially registered diplomacy center' in Czech Ostrava on September 1

The self-proclaimed Donetsk people's republic is not allowed to have any accredited representative offices in Czechia. Prague doesn't recognize the existence of ‘the DPR' and doesn't have any diplomatic relations with it. This is according to the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The statement arrived shortly after the separatists claimed they had opened a diplomacy center in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic. The militants claimed the institution was officially registered and would start to work on September 1.

‘According to our information, what some call a ‘diplomacy center or a representative office' of the self-proclaimed DPR, is just a union, registered in Ostrava. It cannot be considered a diplomatic office of a country. The Czech MFA will not have any relations with this center', the message said.

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The Ministry also stated it was looking into the affairs of Nela Liskova, a local activist known for her pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian statements. Liskova, who actively supports the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, was named as a representative of the militant republic. 

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