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April 4, 2018 10:09 pm | FILED UNDER: politics

Senate Resolution Backs West In Skripal Case To Zeman’s Chagrin

By ČTK Prague

Prague, April 4 (CTK) – The Czech political representatives should express a united stance on the case of poisoning of former Russian spy in Britain for which the Western allies blame Russia, the Senate, the upper house of Czech parliament, said in a resolution it approved today.

 

The resolution was prepared by the upper house EU affairs committee. Its head, senator Vaclav Hampl, said the resolution is a reaction to some steps of President Milos Zeman that in fact “challenged or undermined the position of the government.”

 

Hampl recalled that the upper house security committee on Tuesday condemned Zeman for ordering the counter-intelligence BIS to check whether the Novichok nerve agent was developed or stored in the Czech Republic, which Russia claimed.

 

The security committee said Zeman’s gesture challenged the focus on the country’s foreign policy and the trustworthiness of its allies and helped promote a false accusation of the country made by Russia.

 

The upper house EU affairs committee also appreciated the stance of the political leaders of EU countries on the Novichok case.

 

The political leaders of EU member states supported Britain which concluded that Russia is behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Moscow dismissed it. Most EU countries, including the Czech Republic, the USA and their allies expelled Russian diplomats in reaction to the case.

 

On proposal of the EU affairs committee, the Senate supported the critical stance of the European Council on Turkish illegal activity in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean related to the conflict Turkey had with Cyprus and Greece over search for gas.

 

On the other hand, the Senate criticised the European Council for not challenging the Turkish military operations in Syria over their impact on civilians.

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