Czech press survey - August 7


07.08.2014 07:35

Prague - The Russian invasion of Ukraine is all,buldpsrealistic, Jan Machacek writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Obyvatelé Doněcku obhlížejí škody na tržišti po nočním ostřelování města ukrajinskou armádou. ČTK/AP Sergei Grits

The Kremlin is actually considering whether it should occupy some of the eastern parts of Ukraine right now or not, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin´s quite moderate statements, Machacek says.

He adds that from the Russian viewpoint, the ideal time for the invasion is now. In a short-term perspective, the Kremlin has all trump cards in its hands. Europe, and naturally Ukraine, will reckon with Russian gas supplies in a few following years minimally, Machacek says.

Moreover, Moscow has an absolute military superiority compared to Ukraine. And last but not least, the separatists in eastern Ukraine have 15,000 soldiers at present, while at the beginning of the conflict they had only 300, but despite it they are losing the battle, which Russia cannot stand, Machacek says.

An argument against the invasion says the undeveloped eastern Ukraine would be an unbearable economic burden for Moscow. On the other hand, there is the image of Putin as the saviour who is winning and does not admit a defeat. Which argument will overweight? Machacek asks.

Mere enthusiastic reservists cannot save the critical situation of the Czech defence that desperately needs higher funds, Petr Honzejk writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

He says only an obstinate pacifist would not welcome the rise in the number of armed men and women in the situation east of the Czech border.

However, the rise in the number of active reservists and more dignified conditions for them, according to a planned law, are only a weak remedy to cure "the open wounds of the Czech military," Honzejk points out.

He recalls that since 2007 the investments in the military have decreased by 25 percent. The Czech Republic spends only 1 percent of GDP on defence, though it pledged to NATO to give twice more.

As most Czechs trust the military, according to polls, politicians do not have to fear the public´s negative stance on the planned increase in military spending.

"Enthusiasts from the ranks of active reservists deserve respect, but we all must invest more in our own safety," Honzejk writes in conclusion.

The planned Czech amendment to enable registered partners in same-sex couples to adopt a child of their partner is substantiated as it will protect children, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.

The draft legislation is quite soft and it will by no means embed any "experiments with children" as its opponents warn, he says.

If registered homosexual couples are reality in the Czech Republic, they are sometimes living with a child of one of them. This is why they should not risk the problems that would harm the child, Petracek notes.

The proposed amendment is not to turn children in institutions into commodities to which others have the right, on the contrary, it is to protect children living with a legally registered couple from the risk of institutional care, Petracek concludes.

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