Czech press survey - March 6


06.03.2014 07:35

Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus does not defend freedom or national sovereignty, Vaclav Dolejsi writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today, commenting on Klaus's position on the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.


Bývalý český prezident Václav Klaus. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

Klaus has published two commentaries in which he finds understanding for Russians, although they have prevented Ukrainians from executing power in a part of their own territory, Dolejsi writes.

One could expect Klaus to say something similar to what President Milos Zeman said. In fact, both of them experienced the disillusion in the aftermath of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he adds.

However, Klaus did not condemn the invasion. Instead, similarly to the Kremlin, he spoke about "Ukraine's brutal political destabilisation and a coup," Dolejsi writes.

One can feel cheated by Klaus as he used to say for years that human freedom and sovereignty of national states was the most important thing, he adds.

Nothing can stop Russian expansionism and not only this, Ukrainians may be soon afraid of the West stabbing their back in the form of a pact with Russia, Teodor Marjanovic writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

It should be put clearly. An agreement with Russia is impossible because one can negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin only if he fears the opposite side, Marjanovic writes.

However, Putin does not fear anyone at present, he adds.

Everyone prefers to go out of his way. Not only the helpless Europe, but, unfortunately, also the USA because it has been headed for six years by a passive dreamer who only thinks of global disarmament and similar Utopias, Marjanovic writes.

There is the catastrophic scenario that after a smooth annexation of the Crimea Russian tanks will continue to the West, Pavel Kohout writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

Perhaps it will be faced by some opposition in Ukraine, but Russia's crushing military dominance will easily prevail, he adds.

Russian tanks will then reach the Polish, Slovak and Hungarian borders, Kohout writes.

The tanks will stop there. Russians will start building a belt of military bases near the EU border, Kohout writes.

What will be the European reaction? he asks.

The EU has two alternatives for such a case. Either it will accept the fact that it is unable to face Russia in the military sphere, Kohout writes.

The European armed forces do not have bad weapons, but Europeans would be unable to finance a potential conflict, he adds.

Or Europe may start immediately modernise its armed forces and increase the number of its troops, Kohout writes.

Like the USSR in the 1980s, it will prepare itself for a potential threat, he adds.

Similarly to the USSR, it will be unable to sustain the burden, Kohout writes.

If Europe's expenditures and taxes are increased just a little, the economy of the EU will sink like an overburdened ship, he adds.

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