The earlier announcement of Milos Zeman about Crimea, which he voiced out during the PACE session, is not in line with the foreign policy of the Czech government. Bohuslav Sobotka, the Prime Minister of Czech Republic tweeted this, commenting on Zeman’s words.
‘EU sanctions against Russia are tied to implementation of Minsk agreements; one cannot lift them without abiding by this document,’ Sobotka wrote. He explained that Zeeman had no mandate to speak at this PACE session, and his speech decisively contradicts the general direction of Prague’s foreign policy.
The official added that his government respects the international right.
Earlier today, Milos Zeman, the Czech president, held a speech at PACE session in Strasbourg; in it, he said the ‘Crimea’s case is done’ and it should be settled by Russia paying Ukraine in either money or natural resources, like oil or gas. Besides, Zeman insisted on lifting EU sanctions from Russia and setting closer contacts with the Kremlin.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said it is necessary to react not to Zeman’s statement towards Crimea but at the motivation of people who offered him to speak at PACE session. Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis called the statement ‘cynical and absolutely unacceptable.’