Czech press survey - August 9


09.08.2014 12:53

Prague - The current Russian sanctions have proven that Moscow is bracing itself for a long-term confrontation, Michael Romancov writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Ruská vlajka - ilustrační foto. ČTK/AP Darko Vojinovic

Before long, the world will see again Russians, with the exception of a handful of members of the "fifth and sixth columns" backed by the West, standing firmly behind their president, creating a mighty, unbreakable monolith, while passions will grow on the other side, Romancov writes.

The West believes that trade between partners encourages trust, which then flows from trade to other contacts, such as those in the military and security sphere, he adds.

However, in the case of Russia, this paradigm is not now valid and there is the question if it ever was, Romancov writes.

After the Western sanctions start making an impact, Russia will be ready to face them, he adds.

Given the state of the Russian economy, it is relatively easy to save the foreign currency with which it will be impossible to borrow at Western markets by curbing the import of food. Unlike machine tools and IT, Russia may be able to produce it itself, Romancov writes.

It was Moscow, not the Czech government or the EU that imposed the sanctions, so those seeking compensation should claim them in the Kremlin, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

The argument that this is a retaliation for restrictive European measures does not work, he adds.

In fact, Russia is a risky market even without the current Ukrainian crisis. All doing business with it, must take this into account, Pesek writes.

The daring ones are awarded with higher profits, he adds.

There is the question of whether Russia's ban on import of agricultural products for one year may mean a deadline for the solution to the conflict, Milos Balaban writes in Pravo.

At any rate, the Ukrainian lesson should make Czechs increasingly wary of other countries of the Eastern Partnership that are not so large as Ukraine, but their internal development may trigger further problems for the EU, Balaban writes.

Moldova is facing a worsening of its economic situation, while in Georgia there may be a conflict involving its former President Mikheil Saakashvili, Balaban warns.

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