Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Czech counterpart Jan Lipavský agreed to take joint measures to defend against the threat from Russia. This was discussed during a telephone conversation between the heads of diplomacy of Ukraine and the Czech Republic as the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
"The heads of Ukrainian and Czech diplomacy agreed on the positions of Ukraine and the Czech Republic against the background of the aggressive actions of Russia and on the eve of a number of diplomatic contacts between the United States, NATO, OSCE and the Russian Federation. Jan Lipavský confirmed that the Czech Republic remains a reliable friend of Ukraine and stands firmly on the side of the Ukrainian people in the fight to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The ministers agreed on common steps to deter Russia from further aggression," the statement said.
Kuleba and Lipavský also raised the issue of the future agenda of the European Union, which will be led by the Czech Republic in the second half of 2022. The Czech minister assured Kuleba that Ukraine's European integration will be an important priority of the Czech EU presidency. He also expressed support for the format of the "Associated Trio" of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, and the Crimean platform.
The interlocutors agreed on a joint visit to Ukraine by the foreign ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia in February at the invitation of Kuleba.
On December 17, Czech President Miloš Zeman approved a new center-right cabinet. The government was headed by a 57-year-old professor of political science, Petr Fiala, who replaced Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
There are three women among the 18 members of the new government in Prague. For the first time since 2010, the post of Minister of European Affairs has reappeared in the country, taken by the former rector of the University in Brno, Mikuláš Beck. In the second half of 2022, the Czech Republic will take over the rotating presidency of the EU.