PM under fire over foreign policy statement

The prime minister has come under fire for saying that support for Pussy Riot and the Dalai Lama are harming the country’s interests and export potential. The coalition party TOP 09 said on Tuesday that the views expressed by the prime minister at the International Engineering Fair in Brno were regrettable and could discredit the country.

Speaking to an audience of business leaders at the fair on Monday the Czech prime ministry said that while support for human rights must remain a top priority in Czech foreign policy, the false adoration of and support for the group Pussy Riot or the Dalai Lama were simply a fashionable trend that had nothing to do with supporting democracy and merely harmed the country’s exports.