Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democratas, CSSD) will be in a difficult position after another Socialist, French President Francois Hollande, announced that France will postpone the delivery of its Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo today.
Český premiér Bohuslav Sobotka hovoří s novináři v Bruselu 31. srpna nad ránem, krátce po konci summitu EU. Evropská komise má spolu s diplomaty do týdne navrhnout podobu dalšího přitvrzení protiruských sankcí, rozhodl v noci na neděli summit. Podle Sobotky mají být konkrétní návrhy na posun podoby sankcí připraveny už v pondělí. Česká vláda o nich poté bude jednat a podle Sobotky si ČR vyhradila právo s částí návrhu nesouhlasit, pokud by znamenal třeba nepřiměřeně velké hospodářské škody. ČTK Dospiva Jakub
Sobotka now cannot argue that Hollande's position was based on a different political approach such as that advocated by Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), Mitrofanov writes, adding that the party's ministers abstained from the vote on [the reluctance to fully back] anti-Russian sanctions in the government.
Sobotka's effort to save contracts and jobs is understandable. This is associated with the values professed by the Social Democrat electorate, Mitrofanov writes.
But due to the the decision of another Socialist, who heads France, it will be very difficult for Sobotka to negotiate on an exception for Czech machine tools from the sanctions when the French Mistrals were, so to say, sunk, he adds.
Sobotka may be eventually facing the decision of whether he should be the one speaking for the Czech Republic that may be opposed to new EU sanctions, Mitrofanov writes.
The attitude of the Czech government that wants to go to the NATO summit with the effort to have the export of dual use engineering goods exempted from the prepared toughening of the anti-Russian sanctions is absolutely tragicomic, Teodor Marjanovic writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
To put it simply: the government is for the sanctions, but it wants to keep selling the products that may be also used for military purposes to Russians, Marjanovic writes.
The government seems to say this: you cannot eat it, but if it suits you, you can keen murdering by means of the equipment, he adds.
While U.S. President Barack Obama is weak and incompetent, the Czech government's behaviour is narrow-minded, Marjanovic writes.
It is an illusion to believe that if the EU abandons Ukraine, it will be still the "club of the right ones," as passivity and hesitancy only strengthens Russia's appetite for more territory, Jan Hron writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
Worse still, this only encourages the EU's internal decay, Hron writes.
If the EU passively watches Russia's expansion, it will be itself infected with its logic, it adds.
The war between Ukraine and Russia has placed the EU before a clear choice. Will the EU with its passivity be a servant of Russia and the law of the jungle it advocates?
Or will the EU start demanding that it should go by its own rules, which means the rule of law and justice? Hron asks.