A letter came from the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic to the main defense department of Russia - in response to a request to hand over a monument dismantled in Prague to Marshal Ivan Konev. Recall that with this appeal, the Russian Ministry of Defense turned to Czech colleagues more than a month ago - almost immediately after the dismantling of the monument.
The official answer actually repeats the words that the Czech ministry originally expressed.
The press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the head of the Czech military department, Lubomir Metnar, declared "the impossibility of passing the monument." The argument of Mr. Metnar is as follows: the monument is not the property of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, but remains on the balance sheet of the municipal authorities.
The letter says that “the decision on the monument was taken in the municipality of Prague-6”:
The Ministry of Defense cannot take ownership of the monument, which belongs to one of the capital's municipalities.
According to Metnar, neither he nor his department is authorized to make any decisions on the transfer of the monument to the Russian Federation.
Further, trying to justify himself, Metnar said that the Ministry of Defense of the Chechen Republic "is engaged in the protection and care of about 4 thousand Soviet burials on Czech territory."
Every year we allocate funds from the budget for their maintenance and reconstruction-
summed up the Czech Minister of Defense.
Recall that earlier in the Czech media there were statements about the provision of protection to the mayor of the municipality of Prague-6 and the mayor of the Czech capital in connection with the alleged Russian threat to them.