Czech press survey - May 12


12.05.2014 07:40

Prague - Russian President Vladimir Putin creates a situation that cannot be solved, in which he may become the only possible peacemaker able to propose and push through an agreement, Zbynek Petracek says in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today about the developments in Ukraine.


Ruský prezident Vladimir Putin dohlíží na rozsáhlé cvičení ozbrojených sil se zapojením všech druhů vojsk, včetně sil jaderného odstrašení. Manévry prý nemají nic společného s ukrajinskou krizí, nicméně šéf Kremlu poznamenal, že vývoj v sousední zemi je výsledkem "nezodpovědné politiky" způsobující velké problémy. ČTK/AP Alexei Nikolsky

Before the weekend referendums on sovereignty in eastern Ukraine, Putin formally called on the pro-Russian leaders to postpone the referenda in order to show that Moscow does not provoke the conflict. At the same time, he demanded that Kiev does not deal with the situation in the eastern part of the country by force, Petracek writes.

He says this leads to an untenable situation that can be solved only by Putin.

Putin used this strategy already last year in Syria, Petracek writes.

Russia provided military support to the regime of Bashar Assad for a long time and Putin let U.S. President Barack Obama threaten Assad with a military strike and then he mediated an agreement and saved the Russian military base in Syria, Petracek writes.

What Putin tested in Syria he can use in Ukraine, Petracek concludes.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek lost his vitality and looked tired when he said pro-Russian separatists would take part in the talks on the future of southeastern Ukraine, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

Zaoralek said German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports this idea, Mitrofanov notes.

The position of the European Union has changed and turned into Realpolitik, or diplomacy primarily based on power, Mitrofanov writes.

Lubos Palata says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) that there are no good solutions anymore in Ukraine, but only bad ones and even worse ones.

The result of the referendum on sovereignty in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is of no importance, but the fact that it was held is very significant for the separatists with guns who organised it, Palata writes.

TV shots of people crowding outside the election rooms is a defeat of the Ukrainian government. A functional state cannot let such a referendum to be held. However, Ukraine is not a functional state, Palata says.

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