CzechRep can accept hundreds of Ukrainian refugees if need be- PM


21.02.2014 16:32

Prague/Podebrady - The Czech Republic can accept hundreds of Ukrainian refugees if need be, but it has not registered an increased number of asylum seekers for now, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) told journalists today.


Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka vystoupil 21. února v Poděbradech na tiskové konferenci k představení změn v českém lázeňství. ČTK Šimánek Vít

Sobotka said the Czech government welcomes the latest information about an agreement reached between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the leaders of the protesting opposition.

If the situation in Ukraine did not calm down or even further escalated, Sobotka is ready to convoke the Czech National Security Council. He can see no reasons to do so now, he said.

The Czechs could help treat the wounded in the mass protests in Kiev, Sobotka said.

The Czech Republic could also accept several hundreds of refugees, he added.

"For the time being, the information I´ve received from the interior and foreign ministries does not indicate that we are faced with any [mass] asylum applications or wild migration. In this respect, we rely on the information from the countries that directly neighbour on Ukraine. They have not reported an influx of refugees either," Sobotka said.

According to the latest information, Yanukovych and the opposition leaders have signed an agreement enabling to form a new government and call early presidential elections.

Sobotka said the agreement may calm down the situation.

He appreciated the work of the EU representatives who assisted in mediating the agreement.

"I can imagine that the radicals on both sides of the conflict are not satisfied with the plan," Sobotka said.

He added that the plan offers a chance of making a decision in elections instead of the street.

Sobotka said it is good that earlier this week the EU threatened to impose sanctions on Ukraine.

"It will depend on the developments in Ukraine, whether they will be implemented," Sobotka said, referring to the sanctions.

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