Russian PM reacts to article on 1968 invasion

Russian Prime Minister Dmitriv Mededev has distanced himself from the article published on the website of Russian state-wide television channel Zvezda on Tuesday, maintaining that Czechs should be grateful that Soviet-led forces invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968.

During a meeting with Czech president Miloš Zeman in Russia, Mr Medvedev said the article didn’t reflect the position of the Russian leadership and expressed the personal opinion of the author.

The article in question claimed that the Soviet led forces had prevented the West from orchestrating a coup in the then-communist country by means, it claimed, which were delayed until 1989.