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Zeman criticizes Foreign Ministry for not critical evaluation of Banderites issue in Ukraine

Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia supported Czech President Zeman
22:59, 8 February 2019

Radio.cz

President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman has reproached Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek that he evaluated the issue of “Banderites” not critically enough” during the visit to Ukraine as TV Barrandov reported.

“I reproached him that he noted the Banderites issue not enough; I think that he underestimated this phenomenon,” the Czech president stated.

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Besides, Zeman said at the end of January during the meeting with the senior officials that “the issue of glorification of the Banderites really concerns” him. President of Czech Senate Jaroslav Kubera stated it.

The work of Petricek was also criticized by the representatives of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia. Head of the political force Vojtech Filip stated after the meeting with Zeman that “Mr.President expressed the concern by work of Mr. Petricek and we agreed on it”.

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Particularly, the communists are not satisfied with “not critically enough” attitude of Petricek toward the Ukrainian law, which provides the combatant status to “people, who participated in all forms of the armed fight for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century”.

Czech Foreign Ministry responded that each country should cope with the difficult pages of the history on its own.

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“It is not the issue of diplomacy to evaluate and research the history; it is issue of the historians,” the ministry said.

In December, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law, which expands the list of participants in combat actions by the warriors of a number of forces, which fought for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century, including the members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and armed units of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.

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President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman had publicly called Prague to officially express the protest against “glorification of war criminals by Ukraine”.

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