Czech MPs urge Zeman to apologize to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

They think that the statements of the president undermine authority of the international law
11:31, 19 October 2017


The group of the Members of the Parliament of Europe from the Czech Republic addressed a letter to the president of country Milos Zeman with the urge to ‘apologize to Ukraine for his statements and at least partially remedy the harm’ as Radio Liberty reported.

According to the letter, Zeman undermines the authority of the international law due to which Ukraine is a victim of Russian aggression. ‘This aggression that led to the illegal state of Crimea continues and it is a risk for the security of our country and whole Europe’, the letter said.

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According to the Czech European MPs, the attitude of Milos Zeman contradicts the international law and attitude of the Czech government. ‘Crimea is a part of Ukraine and its annexation in 2014 was a severe violation of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 when Russia obliged to respect Ukrainian independence and territorial integrity’, the letter noted.

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The MPs think that Zeman cannot explain ‘his mistake’ by ‘personal opinion’. ‘You spoke in front of the Council of Europe not as a private person but as the head of the state. If you are not able to fulfill a function of the president and to honorably represent the Czech Republic at the international meetings then you should at least to restrain yourself from any statements that contradict the interests of our country and our allies’, the MPs noted.

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The letter was signed by six Members of the Parliament of Europe, particularly Jaromir Stetina, Jiri Pospisil and Ludek Niedermayer.

Earlier Czech President Milos Zeman claimed that he thinks that the annexation of Crimea by Russia is a solved case and offers to resolve an issue by means of benefits to Ukraine during his speech at PACE. The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic called this statement cynical and absolutely unacceptable. Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin noted that it is necessary to react not at the statement of Czech President Milos Zeman towards Crimea but at the motivation of people who offered him to speak.

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