The Czech Republic appreciates Ukraine's steps in order to set summit in Normandy format and expects it to lead to concrete results, not just declarations, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said this during a briefing with Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Interfax reports.
"We do not see any other possibility of further development of the situation than the settlement of the situation and the restoration of sovereignty in a peaceful way," Babiš said.
The head of the Czech government also noted that the Czech Republic considers the annexation of Crimea illegal and condemns it.
After being asked by journalists whether Czech President Miloš Zeman's statements on Crimea had affected relations between Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Goncharuk replied:
"I think that after our conversation with the Prime Minister, I have no doubt that the Government of the Czech Republic is in a position to protect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity".
As we reported earlier, Babiš’ is expected to have a two-day visit to Kyiv (November 18-19), he will be accompanied by Czech Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade and a mission of 85 entrepreneurs.
The Czech delegation will meet with President of Ukraine Zelensky, PM Oleksiy Honcharuk and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov.