Chamber of Deputies chairman Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats, ČSSD) called for an improvement in the relations between the Czech Republic and Russia at a reception at the Russian Embassy in Prague marking the Victory Day yesterday.
Prague, May 9 (CTK) – Chamber of Deputies chairman Jan Hamacek (Social Democrats, CSSD) called for an improvement in the relations between the Czech Republic and Russia at a reception at the Russian Embassy in Prague marking the Victory Day today.
In his speech delivered in English, Hamacek made an appeal for mutual understanding and cooperation.
He expressed regret over the fact that the bilateral relations are not on the best possible level. Representatives of both countries should do their utmost to get back on the right track, he added.
Hamacek thanked the Red Army for its contribution to the liberation of Czechoslovakia.
Russian Ambassador Alexandr Zmeyevsky said the inhamun Nazi system fell thanks to the former Soviet Union. He also appreciared the role of the Czechoslovak exile government and Czechoslovak soldiers.
“Our grandfathers and fathers fought together, liberated Czechoslovakia together and ended the war victoriously,” Zmeyevsky said.
A number of Czech politicians took part in the reception. President Milos Zeman who had the speech on behalf of Czechs last year was not present. Zeman started his tour of the Liberec Region today.
The Czech guests included Senate chairman Milan Stech, MP Jaroslav Foldyna (both CSSD), Communist (KSCM) chairman and deputy chairman, Vojtech Filip and Jiri Dolejs, MP Stanislav Berkovec (ANO), former foreign ministers Jan Kohout and Cyril Svoboda, former European commissioner Stefan Fuele and former prime minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS).