Czech press survey - March 12


12.03.2014 08:06

Prague - U.S. Senator John McCain´s idea of reviving the missile defence project in Eastern Europe worked out by the administration of George W. Bush is a bad one, yet NATO should take a lesson from the Russian invasion of Crimea, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Republikánský senátor John McCain. ČTK/AP Evan Vucci

The original to plan to build elements of the U.S. missile defence umbrella in the Czech Republic and Poland was officially aimed against the threat posed by the rogue countries, Iran and North Korea, Anyz says.

When McCain now presents the project only as defence against Russia, he reinforces all stories about American lies and tricks of the allies, Anyz points out.

Czech parliament would probably reject the stationing of a U.S. radar base in Prague. Even if the whole project moved to Poland, NATO members would not reach full agreement on it. Moreover, the interceptor missiles repeatedly failed in tests on U.S. territory, Anyz writes.

But NATO should improve its intelligence to know as soon as possible what Moscow is planning to do. It should also enhance the protection of its cyberspace, Anyz says, adding that a Russian aggression against Estonia in 2007 was in cyberspace.

NATO should work out new plans of defence against a possible attack for Poland and the Baltic states. This would probably result in building NATO air bases or stationing its rapid reaction forces in countries adjacent to Russia, Anyz writes.

Russia has started rebuilding the Stalin Empire, for which many of its inhabitants feel nostalgia, Petr Zidek writes about Russia´s aggression in Crimea in Lidove noviny (LN).

President Vladimir Putin says the intervention in Crimea was necessary in order to protect the local ethnic Russians against alleged pressure from Ukraine, Zidek writes.

But smaller or larger Russian-speaking minorities can be found in all countries of the former Soviet Union, he says.

Will NATO let Russia occupy Crime and the eastern part of Ukraine, but not Latvia, where ethnic Russians represent 27 percent of the population? Zidek asks.

It is difficult to wage a war with a country on whose gas and oil supplies most of Europe relies, with a country that has nuclear weapons, Zidek writes.

If war with Russia can be ruled out, one can expect a new appeasement or a new Cold War, he concludes.

Europe and Russia will have to reach agreement on a solution to the crisis because they depend on each other economically, Milos Balaban writes in Pravo.

The symbolic sanctions that the EU imposed on Russia are a proof of this, Balaban says.

But the EU should take more care of its protection and get more prepared for future wars, for example in cyberspace, Balaban writes.

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