Czech Leaders Battle Over Russia SanctionsMatt Atlas
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka rebukes President Miloš Zeman Tuesday over reckless comments against EU Russia sanctions.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka took to Twitter Tuesday to publicly scold President Miloš Zeman and reiterate that Mr Zeman’s Pro-Kremlin agenda is not supported by the Czech government.
Zemanův projev v Radě Evropy byl v příkrém rozporu s naší zahraniční politikou a prezident k němu neměl žádný mandát české vlády.
— Bohuslav Sobotka (@SlavekSobotka) October 10, 2017
During his address to the Council of Europe President Zemen fondly recalled his April 1999 speech to the COE. In which the then Prime Minister celebrated the Czech Republic’s freedom from totalitarian rule. Mr Zemen then shamelessly went on to dismiss Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea as a “fait accompli” suggesting Ukraine accept financial compensation over Russian withdrawal from Crimea.
The sanctions have hit Russian business interests hard, the recent banishment of Volga-Dnepr from future Pentagon contracts was especially damaging.
Perhaps if Mr Zemen spent more time recalling the history of the Czech Republic he would reconsider his current stance on Russian sanctions.