The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has described
Russia as “dangerous”. In an interview with Czech Radio, Mr.
Petříček said Moscow was increasingly assertive and represented a danger
as it was spreading disinformation and employing various hybrid threats.
The minister, who was appointed last month, said Russia was a genuine risk to the Czech Republic and other European Union states, adding that reports of the threat posed by Moscow from the Czech intelligence service ought to be taken very seriously.
Mr. Petříček said the Czech Republic should not “wait with its hands on its lap” but should tackle such threats more effectively. He said it was necessary to boost strategic communication and the combating of disinformation within the framework of the EU.
In December 1988 Francois Mitterrand had breakfast with leading dissidents in Prague, providing a major shot in the arm to the Czechoslovak opposition. The Czech Foreign Ministry is now reported to be planning similar events on the 30th anniversary of Mitterrand’s gesture to demonstrate the country’s support for human rights.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will visit Israel and the
Palestinian territories on November 13th and 14th, the ministry said on its
In Israel the Czech foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu and open the 6th Czech-Israeli Forum. He will also visit the Czech House in Jerusalem which will officially open on November 27th, 2018, during a state visit to Israel by President Miloš Zeman.
In Ramallah, Minister Petříček is scheduled to meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will join world leaders in France for
celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the
Armistice treaty that brought an end to World War One.
On Saturday evening the prime minister will attend a dinner hosted by President Emmanuel Macron. On Sunday he will join heads of state at a commemorative ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Champs-Elysees and later attend the opening of the three-day Paris Peace Forum.
On Monday, Mr. Babiš will fly to Palermo, Italy, to attend an international conference on Libya.
The Czech Republic’s Social Democrat minister of foreign affairs says the Democrats’ seizure of the US House of Representatives could lessen the impact of some of Donald Trump’s policies. But the head of the right-wing Civic Democrats calls the results a clear success for the Republicans, who have tightened their grip on the Senate.
On a three-day business-oriented visit to China, Czech President Miloš Zeman personally promoted Czech products at the China International Import Expo fair, slammed protectionist measures by the US and called on entrepreneurs to show courage in winning new trade deals. Meanwhile, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček opened a new chapter in Czech-Chinese dialogue: human rights issues.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has welcomed the joint EU statement on the
killing of Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Czech Foreign
Minister Tomáš Petříček said on Twitter that the killing of the Saudi
opposition journalist called for an emphatic and univocal response from the
28-member bloc. The Czech foreign minister is to meet with the Saudi
ambassador to Prague on Wednesday to debate the issue with him.
The European Union has called for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it.
Khashoggi's killing has drawn international criticism, prompting the kingdom to describe it as a "huge and grave mistake", while adding that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware of the case.
Czech Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartoš and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of
ANO have clashed over a recent trip to Russia by ANO’s lower house
speaker, Radek Vondráček. Speaking on a Czech Television discussion show
on Sunday, Mr. Bartoš said information was lacking about the trip as no
Czech journalists had been invited to take part.
For his part, Mr. Babiš said his party colleague had gained respect on the trip to Russia, where he had brought up the poisoning of the Skripals. Mr. Bartoš said speaking about Novichok was insufficient; only a Russian apology for its use would amount to genuine partnership, he said.
While in Moscow Mr. Vondráček met two local politicians who are on EU and US sanctions lists. The lower house speaker headed the first official visit to Russia by Czech MPs in a decade.
The Czech Union of Freedom Fighters has presented a medal to Communist
Party MP Zdeněk Ondráček, who beat up demonstrators while a member of a
Communist riot squad in 1989, iDnes.cz reported on Saturday. During a
ceremony on Thursday Mr. Ondráček was presented with a medal inscribed
“For the homeland and for freedom” by the chairman of the group
Jaroslav Vodička, himself a one-time collaborator of the Communist-era
secret police, the news website said.
The Czech Union of Freedom Fighters comprises World War II freedom fighters, their family members and supporters. It has faced criticism over the fact that members served the pre-1989 security services.
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