The government’s special representative for Moravia-Silesia, Jiří Cienciala, says there is a real threat that Ostrava steelmaker and major employer Vítkovice Steel could close and operations could shift to Russia. The threat to shift all activities eastwards is contained in the former minister of industry’s report for 2014 which was obtained by ČTK. The company has rebuffed the comments but there’s little doubt that the steelmaker has still to recover from the sector’s downturn.