Leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev received the award of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomas Petricek – the medal For Merits in Diplomacy, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.
A celebration of the 101st anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia would usually pass unnoticed in Ukraine. But thanks to Milos Zeman, the Czech Republic’s president, the celebration became an international political scandal after the Czech leader appeared to recognize Russia’s illegal 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
The Czech Republic rejects militarization of Crimea and the Sea of Azov. “During the meeting with Ukrainian Minister Pavlo Klimkin I reassured him of our full support. Czechia will not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia, we reject militarization of the peninsula and of the Sea of Azov. We stand by Ukraine in difficult times,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomas Petricek posted on Twitter following the meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Brussels.
The Czech Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to immediately release Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov and Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, according to a statement by the MFA on the verdict in the Sentsov and Kolchenko case, published on its official website on Aug.26.
Ukrainian observers have criticised former Czech president Václav Klaus for sharing opinions with what they call controversial pro-Russian American Institute in Ukraine (AIU), Hospodářské noviny wrote Monday.