CzechRep does not recognise Crimea referendum´s results - PM


17.03.2014 14:35

Prague - The Czech Republic does not recognise the results of the weekend referendum on Crimea being joined to Russia as it was irregular and at variance with the Ukrainian constitution, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said after the government´s meeting today.


Český premiér Bohuslav Sobotka vystoupil 6. března v Bruselu na tiskové konferenci po summitu EU k situaci na Ukrajině. ČTK Dospiva Jakub

President Milos Zeman also said today the referendum was at variance with the Ukrainian constitution.

The government agreed with the signature of the political part of the EU-Ukraine association agreement.

Sobotka said the referendum, in which Crimea inhabitants were called on to support joining to the Russian Federation, was also at variance with the guarantees of the Ukrainian border that Russia gave in the past.

The government is, however, opposed to the imposing of across-the-board economic sanctions against Russia as yet, Sobotka said.

He said the EU will continue its effort to bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table.

Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) said some European states and political streams were naive about Russia´s power ambitions.

He said excessive pacifism is not good. Common sense should be preserved, Belobradek said.

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