Prague - Alexandr Mitrofanov praises Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and President Milos Zeman for deciding not to attend a reception hosted by the Russian Embassy in Prague on the anniversary of victory of the Nazi Germany in daily Pravo today.
Prezident Miloš Zeman (vpředu vpravo) jmenoval 29. ledna na Pražském hradě členy nové vlády. Řízením ministerstva zahraničních věcí pověřil Lubomíra Zaorálka (vpředu vlevo). ČTK Vondrouš Roman
When Zeman attended the Russian reception a year ago, he received a ribbon with black and orange stripe, Mitrofanov notes.
He says this ribbon has become a symbol of support for Vladimir Putin´s politics both at home and abroad.
Now this ribbon is not a symbol of bravery and heroism, but of lies, acting from the position of power and an increasing threat to the EU and NATO, Mitrofanov writes.
The Czech Republic expressed itself in a diplomatic yet firm way by not taking part in an event organised today by a country that acts against the rules set in Europe after the end of World War Two, he adds.
Elsewhere in Pravo, Lukas Jelinek says Czech political parties avoid crucial issues in their campaigns before the forthcoming election to the European Parliament, such as energy security, immigration policy and EU joint foreign and defence policies.
Especially the ANO movement has a long but very general election programme so that no group of voters would be driven away, he says.
Energy security is a key point, but a lot of voters oppose the idea of a joint European energy policy, Jelinek writes.
He says only those who are against foreigners coming to stay and work in the Czech Republic clearly present their view. Other parties do not comment on the issue or they vaguely speak of the maintenance or reform of the immigration policy, but they do not go into detail (financial contributions to buffer countries, equal distribution of refugees over whole Europe), he adds.
The only exception is TOP 09 election leader Ludek Niedermayer, Jelinek says.
The parties also are cautious in their position on joint EU foreign and defence policies, although this issue has become more important due to the developments in Ukraine, Jelinek writes.
He says Social Democrat (CSSD) election leader Jan Keller dared to promote the perspective and advantages of a European army in a TV political discussion on Wednesday.
It is noteworthy that nobody has strongly protested against the fact that the ice hockey world championship opening today is hosted by Belarus of dictator Alexander Lukashenko, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
The situation is very different from the Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia three month ago, he says.
Due to aggressive politics of Moscow, Lukashenko may seem to be a strange, strict but relative acceptable uncle. But Belarus is a dictatorship even worse than Putin´s regine, Petracek writes.
Petr Honzejk says in Hospodarske noviny (HN) that the salaries of Czech lower house members should be raised, even though some of them do not deserve the money they get at present and even though most people would criticise the raising.
The salary of the lawmaker should be a clear sum, not an income consisting of several parts for various perks as now, Honzejk points out.
The rather low salaries of lawmakers reflect the fact that their reputation is not high among Czechs, he says.