ANO leader Andrej Babiš, who is forming the country’s next government,
told the news site novinky.cz he himself would be primarily responsible for
moulding the country’s foreign policy.
Babiš confirmed that Martin Stropnický, the outgoing minister of
defense, and a former career diplomat would head the ministry of foreign
affairs, but indicated that he wanted to keep a firm hand on the
country’s foreign policy.
He said he had asked President Zeman to appoint his minority government to office on December 13th, so that he could travel to Brussels for the next EU summit of heads of government. The Czech Republic must be more active within the EU and come up with solutions, Babiš said.
Czech president Miloš Zeman is due Wednesday to accept the credentials of
proposed US ambassador to the Czech Republic Steve King. The news was
confirmed by the president’s spokesman.
King, a rich businessman and Republican supporter with no diplomatic experience has been in Prague since the start of November. Acceptance of his credentials will mean he can officially start in the post.
King is, according to US media reports, not that personally connected with US president Donald Trump but rather to some of his close advisors.
Moscow has issued a sharp protest over the vandalizing of a statue of
Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague which was spray painted with the dates
1956, 1961, 1968 and 2017 earlier this week. The Russian Foreign Ministry
denounced the act as vandalism and an insult to those who had laid down
their lives in the liberation of Czechoslovakia.
The incident happened shortly after an offensive article appeared on a Russian web which said the Czech Republic should be grateful for the 1968 Soviet-led invasion which had brought the country 20 years of peace and stability. On a state visit to Russia, President Zeman protested against the insult to his country and Russian Prime Minister Medvedev publicly distanced himself from the article.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. After being present on several fronts in WWII, Konev was involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and was also present in Berlin for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
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
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