Russia´s steps unacceptable, sanctions may be extended - Czech PM


18.03.2014 18:35

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said today he considers Russia´s steps in relation to Ukraine unacceptable and added that the valid sanctions against Russia might be extended, but they should not target President Vladimir Putin for the time being.


Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka poskytl 18. března v Praze rozhovor ČTK. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

Sobotka told CTK that the Czech Republic is not preparing any special security measures now.

"We assessed the potential security risk to the Czech Republic at the National Security Council (BRS) presidium today. I have no reason to convoke any special meeting of the National Security Council because the situation has not changed from the point of view of a direct threat to the Czech Republic," Sobotka said.

He added that the BRS will hold its regular meeting soon.

The situation in Crimea, which voted in favour of joining Russia on Sunday, was further aggravated today when one Ukrainian soldier died and another was wounded in an attack by "unknown units" on a Ukrainian base.

Putin called on Russian lawmakers today to support a bill on joining Crimea to Russia that he will submit to them.

Sobotka said the European heads of government will assess the situation and particularly Russia´s readiness for dialogue at the end of the week and possibly tighten their stance on Russia.

He said Moscow´s possible annexation of further territories in the east of Europe would be a reason for Europe to tighten its sanctions against Russia.

Sobotka said he is prepared to support the EU´s joint policy on Russia.

He repeated, however, that the Czech Republic does not support across-the-board economic sanctions against Russia because they could markedly threaten employment in the country.

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