Prague - Old patterns of behaviour are reviving in the West, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN), analysing Western countries' reaction to the latest developments in Ukraine and Russia.
The USA is trying to adopt a tough stance, but France has refused to scrap the contract for the sale of its war ships to Russia, arguing that it would be the loser in the deal, Petracek writes.
It should be pointed out that in the 1980s, Germany helped build a gas pipeline to Siberia and it did not suspend the collaboration even after the Soviet Union deployed its SS-20 missiles, he adds.
Now Germany is using the Russian pipeline Nord Stream and is working on its southern version, the South Stream. Is it not a certain deja vu? Petracek writes.
Some patterns of behaviour seem to be incorrigible, he adds.
The West is acting as if nothing happened recently. As if Moscow's former vassals were not a part of the West for a quarter of a century. As if Western powers and their own experiences from Cold War did not teach them any lesson, Petracek writes.
It is vital that Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (TOP 09) was immediately blasted by the opposition, the commentators and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) after he publicly opposed the idea of NATO troops being deployed on Czech soil, Jan Machacek writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
It is vital that he immediately backpedalled and clearly insisted on the confirmation of Czech allied commitments, he adds.
It is even more important that the mainstream opposition and the government should proceed in a uniform way in the questions of national security and essential interests, Machacek writes.
The government and the opposition must agree on the questions of energy security, on the energy union proposed by Poland, the Russian bid for the completion of the Temelin nuclear plant and the issue of defence spending, he adds.
Stropnicky's problematic statement has questioned the whole government and the Czech Republic because it resonated not only in the reactions by NATO allies, but also in the Kremlin propaganda, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
The Czech defence minister who does not distinguish between the stay of allied and occupation troops has become Kremlin's cherished child for one day, Mitrofanov writes, commenting on Stropnicky's having rejected any foreign troops on Czech soil, even those from NATO as this would be a psychological problem in the light of Soviet troops in then Czechoslovakia.
However, Sobotka cannot to anything with his team, Mitrofanov writes.
Whatever scandals its members can trigger, if he wants to dismiss them, he must still have the consent of his coalition partner, head of ANO Andrej Babis, which is quite a problem, he adds.