Lower house condemns its deputy chair’s Moscow visit

Czech MPs on Wednesday voted to condemn a trip by deputy chair of the lower house Vojtěch Filip to Moscow. Mr Filip, who is the head of the Czech Communist Party, arrived in the Russian capital on Wednesday; he was invited to visit the lower house of the Russian Parliament by its vice chairman Sergei Zheleznyak who is one of the Russian officials targeted by EU and US sanctions. The motion condemning Mr Filip’s visit was backed by most MPs with the exception of Communist and some Social Democrat deputies. In a reaction, Mr Filip said he was not representing the lower house on his trip.

Author: Jan Richter