Ceske Budejovice - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka wants to solve the war in Ukraine in a diplomatic way, and this is why he plans to call on the EU member states to launch new talks with Russia, at the summit in Brussels today, he has told reporters.
Ilustrační foto - Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka navštívil 7. srpna prvního místopředsedu vlády a ministra financí Andreje Babiše v pražském sídle jeho úřadu. Na snímku je premiér Bohuslav Sobotka na tiskové konferenci v závěru setkání. ČTK Doležal Michal
"I am very upset by the situation. A war is being waged in Ukraine that lies too close to the Czech Republic. This war is also too close to the European Union and I am not satisfied with the course of the talks between the EU and Russia about the solution to this situation," Sobotka said.
In his opinion, the Ukrainian issue has got stuck in an "unpleasant spiral" of escalating violence and sanctions, he said.
Sobotka (senior government Social Democrats, CSSD) will attend today´s EU summit in Brussels to primarily deal with the developments in Ukraine.
"I want to call on us to seek the way out of this spiral with the aid of diplomacy. Before Europe decides to impose new sanctions, talks between EU and Russian representatives about the solution to the crisis in Ukraine must be held," Sobotka added.
More and more people in the Czech Republic fear a war conflict, he said.
"Ans this is why they demand that politicians lead talks and look for a diplomatic peaceful solution," he told reporters.
Sobotka at the same time criticised the Friday statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin who had warned the West against playing with a nuclear power.
"These words again lead to the escalation of violence only. They neither send a positive signal nor show a path to follow," Sobotka said.
Sobotka will fly aboard a government special plane from the Plana airport near Ceske Budejovice directly to the Brussels summit in the afternoon.