The Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Stropnický has sent a letter to five ambassadors of post-Soviet countries – Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The letter is about a letter that earlier the ambassadors had sent to him on the statue of the Soviet Marshal Konev.
On 22 December 2017 the ambassadors of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia made a statement against the new information board set up near the statue to Konev which lists aside from the liberation of Prague in 1945 the Hungarian uprising in 1956, the Czech Spring in 1958. The letter of the ambassador states that the new board plays down on the importance of the monument and defames the victims of the fight against Nazi.
The Czech foreign minister tells the ambassadors that the central government of Czech cannot interfere with the decisions of the municipalities, and statues and signs are assigned to local authorities. The minister informed that the statue to Konev belongs to the 6th
district in Prague which is entitled to making relevant decisions. Stropnický said the destiny of the statue to Konev is the internal affair of the Prague authorities and people.
In fact, the Czech foreign minister gives a small lesson on public administration to the ambassadors of five post-Soviet states, including the ambassador of Armenia.
Although, the Armenian ambassador has probably joined the initiative of the ambassadors of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan with a confirmation from the Armenian foreign ministry or the minister himself. So the lesson of the Czech minister is addressed to the Armenian foreign minister who should have told him before joining the Russia-Belarus-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan initiative that it is not a good idea because it is up to local authorities.
Of course, a municipality is something titular in the countries of the Eurasian area and in reality it obeys the central government, just like the executive.
However, Edward Nalbandyan has seen the world, lived in Europe for long years and he should have known that unlike the Eurasian area, the division of powers is not something titular, at least when it comes to statues and signs.
Certainly, it is possible that the foreign minister of Armenia has been guided by advice from his freelance advisor Robson or Ruben Tatulyan, especially that Tatulyan could have his own “issues” with Czech. A few months ago, at least according to information spread over the internet, the Czech law enforcement agencies arrested Robson for organizing a meeting of thieves-in-law in Prague. By the way, the message also stated that he had an Armenian diplomatic passport with him. At that time the Armenian public learned he had a diplomatic passport.
Tatulyan denied the arrest, saying that it was a paid campaign in the press against him. However, he has a diplomatic passport, Tatulyan never denied it and even announced a few days ago that he is advisor to the Armenian foreign minister.
So, it is not ruled out that Robson advised to join the Russia-Belarus-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan initiative to uphold the statue to Marshal Konev. Of course, this may have been his last advice to the foreign minister. At last, in answer to his statement on being an advisor, the Armenian foreign ministry said Tatulyan was a freelance advisor and now he is not even such. The MFA did not mention when Robson was such and when he stopped being such. It is possible that after his bad advice on Czech Robson lost his status of a freelance advisor.