Czech press survey - June 7


07.06.2014 13:27

Prague - The 70th anniversary day of the Allied invasion on June 6 may be D-Day for Ukraine, Michal Svec writes in daily Pravo today about a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, who was inaugurated as Ukraine´s president this morning, on the coast of Normandy.


Britští váleční veteráni při oslavách 70. výročí voldění v Normandii. ČTK/AP Claude Paris

The Allied invasion was a hard blow to the Nazi Germany, while on Friday German Chancellor Angela Merkel acted as peacemaker when she mediated the Putin-Poroshenko meeting, Svec writes.

Though the meeting was only symbolic because the representatives of the two opposing sides said only a few words to one another, it was certainly important, Svec writes.

He says the Kremlin afterwards called not only on the Ukrainian army but also on the pro-Russian separatists to stop fighting and withdraw.

On Wednesday, Putin for the first time mentioned Viktor Yanukovych, who is staying in Rostov-on-Don under Russian protection, a "former" Ukrainian president, Svec writes.

Moscow will recognise Poroshenko as the legitimate head of state and diplomatic negotiations between the two countries may be renewed, Svec writes.

The Crimean issue cannot be omitted, he says.

No Ukrainian political can officially accept the Russian annexation of Crime, yet Kiev may stop causing problems to the Russian administration of the peninsula in energy and water supplies, Svec writes.

Can Ukraine accept such conditions? It will probably have to, at least partly, Svec concludes.

Teodor Marjanovic says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) it is a very sad paradox that Western leaders starting talking to Vladimir Putin during one of the greatest commemorative events organised in Europe in relation to World War Two.

Why did the West excluded Russia from the Group of Eight (G8) when only a few months later everybody is ready to meet him? Marjanovic asks.

Even Czech President Milos Zeman seemed very pleased that he had a seat next to Putin during a ceremony, Marjanovic writes.

Putin did something that has been unprecedented since the end of WW2: he seized a part of a foreign country only because he disliked the direction, in which this country, Russia´s neighbour Ukraine, wanted to move, Marjanovic writes.

Adults make life hard for children, Jana Bendova writes elsewhere in MfD, referring a recent verdict of the Constitutional Court that strongly supports shared time parenting after divorce.

Generally, it is correct that shared time parenting should be a standard rather than an exception, Bendova writes.

Life after divorce is hard for children and moving from one household to another and from one school to another every week is yet another heavy burden, Bendova writes.

Children need both of their divorced or separated parents, but why should the children suffer even more as a result? It is the two parents who should keep moving in and out of the household every week, while the child would stay, Bendova writes.

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