Czech MPs call for tough moves against Russian following clash with Ukraine

photo:  (

Czech MPs have called for tough measures against Russia after it opened fire on Ukrainian ships on Sunday. Members of the lower house’s Foreign Affairs Committee advocate tougher sanctions – while there has also been talk of forcing a reduction in the relatively high staff numbers at Prague’s Russian Embassy.


A dangerous new crisis erupted between Russia and Ukraine on Sunday when Russian border patrol boats fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval ships.

Moscow says it was not notified in advance of the ships’ passage along the Kerch Strait. For its part, Kiev insists they followed international rules.

NATO and other Western organisations have called on the two countries to show restraint.

Jan Lipavský is a deputy chair of the Chamber of Deputies’ foreign affairs and defence committees.

Speaking on Czech Radio Plus on Monday, the Czech Pirate Party MP pointed the finger of blame directly at Moscow – and called for a response.

“The situation is very dangerous. It’s necessary to identify it clearly as Russian aggression and a breach of international law. The conflict occurred in international waters and the Russians had no right to block the Kerch Strait. Sanctions could be targeted against the individual members of the Russian leadership who are responsible. European leaders need to agree on this. I would regard it as one form of reprisal.”

Jaroslav Bžoch of ANO is also a deputy chair of the lower house’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

He too backs more sanctions against Moscow, as well as advocating a cut in the relatively high number of staff at the Russian Embassy in Prague.

“Here in the Czech Republic we have the highest number of Russian diplomats, in quotation marks. So I would start with gradually expelling them, the fact that 140 so-called diplomats are operating in our country is wrong.”

The Czech BIS intelligence service earlier this year highlighted the number of employees at the Russian Embassy in Prague as a potential security threat.

The recently appointed Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has been outspoken about Russia in recent days, including calling the country “dangerous” to Czech and EU interests.

Speaking on Czech Television on Sunday he said Czech officials were already in the early stages of talks with Russia over reducing staff numbers at its diplomatic mission in Prague.

“One issue is cutting the number of cars registered by the Russian Embassy, which is very high. We can only guess what they are used for. We may hold a discussion in future on reducing the number of diplomats, but above all non-diplomatic staff at the Russian Embassy. The number should correspond to the size of the Czech Republic.”

Mr. Petříček said on Monday that Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov were just as unacceptable to Prague as the annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

Author: Český rozhlas Radio Praha
Added: 26.11.2018

Related articles


Ursula von der Leyen’s election...

The election of Ursula von der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission has elicited both...


Soc Dems set ultimatum to stay in...

The Social Democrats’ party leadership on Monday set a final condition for remaining in the minority...


Top-level meeting on government...

President Miloš Zeman has not made any final decision concerning the replacement of Culture Minister...


Former EP vice-president Libor Rouček...

The European Parliament elected its leadership on Wednesday and two Czech MEPs – Dita Charanzová from the...

Most favourite

History of Czech fine art

What happened in the realm of fine art at the very beginning of the Czech…


The Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in moderate geographical…

The most significant current discoveries

During the last decade, Czech science has made many revolutionary discoveries…

Czech language

The Czech language belongs to the group of West Slavic languages. From another…

Traditional Czech products

Czech industrial production has a long tradition, and many products are known…

Traditional Czech products

Czech industrial production has a long tradition, and many products are known…


Facebook recent activity