Czech President and PM clash over sanctions against Russia

Czech President and PM clash over sanctions against Russia

The Czech Republic’s prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka has condemned the President Milos Zeman’s rejection of European Union sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

President Zeman spoke yesterday in Strasbourg, repeating his stance against the sanctions by saying they don’t work. Zeman suggested they should be replaced with a dialogue that might result in some compensation for Ukraine from Russia. He also called Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula irreversible.

Prime Minister Sobotka responded by saying that Zeman’s speech “was in sharp contradiction of our foreign policy and the president had no mandate to do it.” He said that the sanctions could be lifted only after Russia honored a 2015 peace deal, the Washington Post reported.

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