Prague - (CTK) - All major Czech papers comment on the latest developments in Ukraine.
Neoznačení ozbrojení muži střeží bránu základny pěchoty v ukrajinském městě Privolnoje. ČTK/AP Darko Vojinovic
The democratic West, headed by the United States should take sharp steps against Moscow after the intervention in the Crimea since sharp words do not suffice, Daniel Anyz writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
However, he adds, President Vladimir Putin knows that the United States and NATO will not use force over the Crimea, similarly like in 2008 after the Russian attack on Georgia, and he is profiting from it.
Anyz writes that U.S. President Barack Obama´s warning words that Moscow will pay dear for violating the rules should be fulfilled not to repeat the past mistakes.
This is why the West should apply sanctions to Moscow that should be really painful for the Russian economy, Anyz says.
Obama has experienced that Putin can understand the position of power the best and the White House should finally use its strong economic superiority, Anyz adds.
As far as the EU is concerned, big member states, such as Britain, France, Poland and primarily Germany, share major responsibility in this respect. If they do not want to lose their face, they may have to sacrifice a few of their own economic interest, several deals and contracts, Anyz points out.
"The democratic West has already exhausted sharp words, now a punishment should follow," Anyz writes in conclusion.
Ukraine´s strongest enemy is the economy, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He recalls that Ukrainian banks face a massive outflow of money and the country can rely neither on its sources, nor on the money promised from Moscow.
However, after any disastrous political solution, someone will have to back up the country, simply to lend money to it and the situation of Putin´s Russia is not as great not to be considering whether "it has not bitten off more than one can chew" in this case, Zverina says.
No one provides money for a country selflessly.
"A country in a desperate situation will have to pay a desperate price. Who will collect the instalments?" Zverina asks in conclusion.
The Kremlin is punishing Ukraine for the attempt to install real democracy and the rule of law to be heading for the European Union, far away from the semi-totalitarian Russia, and the democratic world should learn a lesson from it, Lubos Palata writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
"If we do not defend Ukraine today, we will become the next bite to be swallowed tomorrow," Palata adds.
In Crimea, Russia occupies a nascent ally of democratic countries and this is why it has become their enemy, he says.
If the West gives the Crimea to Putin for free, he will not stop by that. The restoration of some form of the Soviet Union would mean a threat that must be prevented, Palata indicates.
"Putin and its surrounding must pay a high price for the Crimea to lose their appetite for more at least. It will cost something, but freedom is not for free," Palata concludes in MfD.