Zeman: Soldiers should guard Czech borders rather than tackle refugee crisis abroad


President Miloš Zeman says Czech soldiers should guard the borders of their own country rather than trying to deal with the refugee crisis abroad. The head of state was reacting to a recent statement by the country’s minister of defence, Martin Stropnický, who said thousands of Czech soldiers could be deployed to provide assistance at refugee camps in states near Syria. Mr. Zeman said reservists could assist professional soldiers in guarding the borders of the Czech Republic.