No measures needed over gas, oil supplies - Czech PM

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02.03.2014 22:43

Prague - The Czech National Security Council (BRS) board is of the view that no additional measures are needed over gas and oil supplies due to the situation in Ukraine, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said after the board's meeting today.

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Zleva ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek, premiér Bohuslav Sobotka a ministr obrany Martin Stropnický na tiskové konferenci po jednání předsednictva Bezpečnostní rady státu, které se sešlo 2. března v Praze v souvislosti s událostmi na Ukrajině. ČTK Kamaryt Michal

The Czech Republic is fully prepared for any emergency scenarios within standard measures, Sobotka said.

Along with Sobotka, the BRS board includes Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO), Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD), Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (CSSD).

"The relevant reserves are prepared. A diversification of both gas and oil supplies is also prepared if gas supplies across Ukraine were discontinued or reduced," Sobotka said.

He stressed that the current developments in Ukraine were not influencing the situation in the Czech Republic in any way.

Sobotka said the BRS board had stated that the Czech Republic was well prepared for any crises that might be caused by a stoppage of gas supplies.

Stropnicky said the Czech Republic was not in a situation in which it would have to take any special measures.

Zaoralek said he had not registered any major influx of asylum seekers from Ukraine and the number of immigrants from the area was not increasing.

The board also discussed the mandate for Zaoralek for the Monday meeting of EU foreign ministers and coordination of further step in the EU and NATO.

The Czech Republic condemns Russia's steps in Ukraine, it asks it to drop the use of force and it considers it necessary to return to diplomatic talks.

Zaoralek said he could not imagine how the talks on the introduction of visa-free relations with Moscow would be held now.

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