Czech government condemns Russia’s intrusion into Ukraine
The Czech government has voiced strong condemnation of Russia’s intrusion into Ukraine calling military action on the territory of a foreign state unsubstantiated and a breach of international law. Speaking after a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Russia’s actions in Crimea were a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the Czech Republic was ready to support a clear signal from the EU that this was unacceptable.
“What is happening in Crimea is a breach of international law and a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. We are in agreement that the only possible solution to this crisis is a diplomatic one and we are ready to support a strong and clear signal from the EU urging Moscow to desist from the use of military force and go back to the negotiating table.”
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said Russia should be made to feel that such actions would not pass without consequences.
Foreign Minister Zaorálek summoned the Russian ambassador to Prague to the foreign ministry headquarters on Sunday to inform him of the country’s position.
Czech President Miloš Zeman also condemned the intervention in a written statement saying that while he understands the complexity of the situation stemming from the fact that Crimea, with its majority Russian population, was incorporated into Ukraine in 1954, the use of force was reminiscent of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. The president said he believed military action would create a divide that it would be hard to bridge over generations.