Czech govt should call for new sanctions against Russia - TOP 09


29.08.2014 12:04

Aug 29 (CTK) - Ukraine must he helped as Russia wages war against it and the Czech government should support further European sanctions against Moscow -wing opposition party, says in a written statement issued today.


Lidé s ukrajinskou vlajkou - ilustrační foto. ČTK/AP Evgeniy Maloletka

"The idea that the situation can be solved peacefully with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is absolutely wrong," TOP 09 writes.

But Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) is against the introduction of new sanctions.

"Further escalation of the sanctions is in the interest of neither Europe nor Russia and the Czech Republic does not wish anything like this," Sobotka said on Thursday.

TOP 09 writes that Russia has repeatedly proved that it does not respect international law.

"Occupation of a part of the neighbouring country, sending troops and artillery attacks are definitely war actions. It must be clearly declared that Russia is waging war against Ukraine," the party writes.

"We call on the Czech government to call on the member countries to support a new round of sanctions at the forthcoming EU and NATO summits," TOP 09 writes.

Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) today expressed deep concern over the latest development in Ukraine.

Over 1,000 Russian soldiers are fighting in southeastern Ukraine, NATO said on Thursday.

Belobradek said he wants the meeting of the European People´s Party (EPP), of which the KDU-CSL is a member, to deal with the situation in Ukraine on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, an EU summit will meet and discuss the situation.

Sobotka said the summit would be an opportunity to coordinate the European stance on the developments in Ukraine.

He said Russia should allow for a political solution to the crisis without further people being killed and without the trade war with the Western countries being extended.

If a military invasion in Ukraine was confirmed, this would be another gross violation of international law after the Russian occupation of Crimea, Sobotka said. Violation of Ukraine´s territorial integrity is unacceptable, he added.

Four Czech political figures today called on the government to temporarily stop issuing visas for Russian citizens who support Putin´s regime and sending arms or their components to Russia, and to provide material and military aid to Ukraine.

This call has been signed by two TOP 09 MEPs, journalist Jaromir Stetina and economist Ludek Niedermayer, former Greens leader and minister Martin Bursik and former human rights minister Michael Kocab.

TOP 09 also said the Czech government should prepare a document on the defence and energy capabilities of the country in a crisis situation.

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