Czechs will never recognise annexation of Crimea - foreign min.


19.03.2014 11:39

Prague - The Czech Republic will never agree with the steps undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity and with the annexation of Crimea, bearing in mind the historical experiences of Czechoslovakia's destruction in the 1930s, the Foreign Ministry said in its press release today.


Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí ČR ČN Pavel Tůma

Russia's policy amounts to an unprecedented violation of international standards and of Russia's obligations that has threatened peaceful co-existence of nations in Europe, the Foreign Ministry said.

"Both the recognition of Crimea's independence by the Russian Federation on March 17 and the decision to admit the Crimean Peninsula into the Russian Federation made on March 18 are quite unacceptable," it added.

Given its historical experiences from the 1930s, the Czech Republic is "particularly sensitive" to Russia's current policy, the Foreign Ministry said.

Due to the pressure of Nazi Germany and the appeasement policy of Western powers, interwar Czechoslovakia ceased to exist on March 15, 1939.

Russia continues with the process of annexation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine. On Sunday, a referendum was staged there that decided to join Russia. However, the West did not recognise it.

"If we started to use referendums in voting on state borders and if we started involving ethnic minorities in this process, this is a reliable way towards the disintegration of Russia, Europe and a number of other countries of the world," Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said on Tuesday.

The Czech Foreign Ministry also sent condolences to the government of Ukraine and the family of the Ukrainian soldier who was killed during an attack on Ukrainian troops in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea.

The Foreign Ministry called on the Crimean authorities to prevent further escalation of the tension with all means.

The tension in Crimea continues today, too. Demonstrators occupied the headquarters of the Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov said he would not let the government delegation from Kiev to enter Crimea.

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