Czech President Miloš Zeman, has completed an official state visit to
Russia, during which he met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Prime
Minister Dmitry Medvedev and also Mikhail Gorbachev.
A delegation representing some 130 Czech firms accompanied the head of the state on his visit since the beginning of the week.
Earlier, President Zeman launched a business forum in Yekaterinburg, in the aim of boosting potential cooperation between Czech and Russian firms.
The Czech Embassy in London will on Friday evening celebrate its reopening after a two-year renovation project. The large-scale event will see performances by singer Lenny and artists František Skála and Petr Nikl, a light show provided by Prague’s Signal festival and drinks from the world-renowned bar owner Pavel Tvaroh. Ahead of the celebration, I caught up with Ambassador Libor Sečka at his newly remodeled office.
An article published on the website of Russian state-wide television channel Zvezda on Tuesday has drawn very sharp responses from Czech politicians, including Miloš Zeman, the Czech head of state. He called the article, which argued that Czechs should be grateful for the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, an insult to the nation.
President Miloš Zeman met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi,
beginning the official program of his five-day visit. The two met at Mr
Putin’s personal residence, Bocharov Ruchei, often the site of top
meetings during state visits.
According to the Czech News Agency, Mr Putin expressed appreciation for Mr Zeman’s interest in deepening economic cooperation between Russia and the Czech Republic, despite differences. On his trip, the Czech president is being accompanied by a business delegation representing more than 130 firms, looking for new opportunities for trade.
President Zeman expressed regret that it had not been possible for “technical, not ideological reasons” to transfer the reliquary bust for the skull of Saint Ludmila to go on display for two days in Russia; St Ludmila is revered in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Czech president Miloš Zeman is in Russia on a five-day official state visit, taking in Sochi, Moscow and Yekaterinburg. He is accompanied by a 130-strong delegation of representing Czech businesses hoping to sign energy and transportation-related contracts worth 20 billion crowns. The visit has fuelled further criticism that the president is charting a separate “pro-Russian” foreign policy at odds with the official position of the Czech government. Dr. Mark Galeotti is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. I began
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has arrived in the Russian resort of
Sochi at the start of a five-day visit to the country. The official part of
his state visit begins on Tuesday with a meeting with the Russian
president, Vladimir Putin. As well as Sochi, the Czech president is due to
visit Moscow and Yekaterinburg.
Mr. Zeman is being accompanied by around 130 representatives of Czech companies and contracts worth over CZK 20 billion are due to be signed between them and Russian firms.
The Czech Republic is to build a modern new embassy in the Australian
capital Canberra, the first time it has carried out such a construction
project in 12 years, Czech Television reported. Several other Czech
diplomatic missions are due to get a makeover in the coming years. The work
will cost the state over CZK 1 billion.
The Czech Embassy in Canberra will be in the Deakin district, which is located near the centre of the city. Construction work will get underway in mid-2018, Czech Television said.
The last place where the Czech Republic built a new embassy was in Tiblisi, Georgia. It opened its doors in 2005.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has criticized the European Union, saying it
lacked strong leaders and that it used a double-standard when it came to
Crimea. He made the statement in an interview with the Russian news agency
TASS - days before he is to begin an official visit to Russia with a major
Czech business delegation.
During the visit, Mr Zeman will meet with President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and also former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
In the interview, President Zeman compared Crimea to Kosovo, whose autonomy, he said, was guaranteed by the United Nations. Crimea's referendum on independence is not internationally recognized and move is seen as an illegal annexation for which Russia still suffers sanctions. Mr Zeman told TASS he was the only European politician who spoke about the issue in such a manner; the president has opposed the sanctions in the past, maintaining they did not work and should be lifted.