Lower House deputy chair Filip defends his trip to Moscow
Vojtěch Filip, deputy chair of the lower house and head of the Communist Party, on Friday defended his recent trip to Moscow, which was condemned by the majority of Czech MPs. Mr Filip insisted it was an official trip of the lower chamber, approved by its head Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats. He also said the main topic on his agenda was the impact of the EU sanctions against Russia on Czech companies. Mr Filip visited the Russian Parliament last Wednesday at the invitation of its vice chairman Sergei Zheleznyak, who is one of the Russian officials targeted by the EU and US sanctions.