Kiev - Neither Prague nor the EU want an economic war with Russia but they wish a diplomatic solution to be found to the crisis in Ukraine, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) told politicians in Kiev at the beginning of his two-day visit to Ukraine.
Ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek (vlevo) se 18. června v Kyjevě setkal s předsedou ukrajinského parlamentu Oleksandrem Turčynovem (vpravo). ČTK Nerad Filip
He said Ukrainian leaders would like the EU to adopt tougher policy on Moscow.
He said they welcomed his offer of Czech medical aid to eastern Ukraine´s residents.
"Europe definitely does not want an economic war [with Russia] and it would like a diplomatic solution to be found to the situation [in Ukraine]," Zaoralek told Czech journalists, referring to his position at a meeting with Ukrainian parliament chairman Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya.
Zaoralek said this will be Prague´s position at the meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.
Kiev does not find this approach tough enough, Zaoralek continued.
"The current Ukrainian representatives would like Europe to take tougher and much more resolute steps," Zaoralek said, adding that this is mainly demanded by Turchynov.
Zaoralek has brought to Kiev medical material for hospitals in eastern Ukraine and he offered the transfer of some injured Ukrainians for medical treatment in Prague.
He said the Ukrainian partners welcomed the offer, which Prague made on condition of the stabilisation of the situation in the separatist eastern Ukraine.
Earlier this year, Prague hospitals treated 39 Ukrainians who were wounded in the violent clashes in Kiev that toppled the regime of president Viktor Yanukovych.