Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman would like the Eastern Partnership summit to help decrease tension in Ukraine by offering mediation to both sides to the conflict, he said opening the two-day event this afternoon.
Dvoudenní summit Východního partnerství začal 24. dubna v Praze. Vpředu zleva jsou arménský prezident Serž Sargsjan, slovenský prezident Ivan Gašparovič, eurokomisař pro rozšíření Štefan Füle, český prezident Miloš Zeman, ázerbájdžánský prezident Ilham Alijev a litevská prezidenta Dalia Grybauskaitéová. V druhé řadě zleva místopředseda švédské vlády Jan Björklund, moldavský prezident Nicolae Timofti, polský prezident Bronislaw Komorowski, gruzínský prezident Giorgi Margvelašvili a ministr zahraničí Ukrajiny Andrij Deščycja. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal
He said he is afraid Ukraine is threatened either by Russia´s invasion, or a civil war.
"I will propose to you during dinner today that at the second plenary meeting tomorrow, we should think about what the Eastern Partnership could contribute to the de-escalation of the Ukraine conflict, where, I think, there is a threat of a foreign invasion, or a civil war," Zeman said.
"One of the possibilities we can discuss is the offer of the good offices by the Eastern Partnership. The offer would have to be naturally accepted by both parties and it cannot be enforced in any way," Zeman said.
He said he discussed the possibility with the chairmen of the two houses of Czech parliament and they agreed with it.
The Eastern Partnership project was joined by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine during the Czech EU presidency in 2009.
It is to extend cooperation between the EU and the six post-Soviet countries and to offer them an opportunity to come closer to the EU both politically and economically.
The presidents of most participating states and the heads of state of central and east European countries have arrived in Prague to discuss the first five years of the project.
Zeman said he is convinced that Eastern Partnership will be a long-term, not only a short-term project.
He said it is "no preparation for the European Union" and that he considers it part of the European policy of good neighbourhood.