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The MFA of the Czech Republic: Europe must adhere to a course of sanctions

At the same time policy of Hungary and Slovakia advocate a revision of the regime of sanctions against Russia. The European Union must adhere to targeted sanctions against Russia, despite the fact that Moscow replied measures that harm the European economy. On Thursday this opinion was expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the […]

zaoralekAt the same time policy of Hungary and Slovakia advocate a revision of the regime of sanctions against Russia.

The European Union must adhere to targeted sanctions against Russia, despite the fact that Moscow replied measures that harm the European economy. On Thursday this opinion was expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Apparently, the EU’s position on this issue is not so unanimous: last Friday, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said that Europe “shot itself at the foot” and sanctions policy should be reviewed.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico has called the sanctions “meaningless”, noting that they threaten the economic growth of the EU.

“I can hardly imagine what alternatives we had”, said the Head of the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek after a meeting with representatives of the Czech business community.

“I think we should stay on course, and it is easy to explain why we did it”, he added. Zaoralek mentioned about annexation of the Crimea by Russia in March this year, as well as the collapse in July of Malaysian airliner brought down by a missile over the territory of Eastern Ukraine controlled by separatists.

Slovakia and Hungary have closed economic and energy ties with Russia and in the past repeatedly criticized the EU sanctions. In turn, the Czech Republic also begins to count the losses of its exporters, and some representatives of the Czech authorities, including the Minister of Finance Andrey Babis, critically spoke of sanctions.

“Sanctions approved and won’t give anything, and the conflict meanwhile escalates. Putin’s popularity is growing, contributing to the growth of nationalist sentiment in Russia, and it’s bad”, said Babis in an interview with the newspaper Pravo over the weekend.

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