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EU should recognize Crimea as part of Russia – Czech president

Published time: April 07, 2014 12:47
Czech Republic President Milos Zeman.(Reuters / Vincent Kessler)

Czech Republic President Milos Zeman.(Reuters / Vincent Kessler)

Czech leader Milos Zeman has said that the EU should accept the fact that Crimea is now part of Russia, stressing that the former autonomous region won’t return to Ukraine in any foreseeable future.

Zeman described Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s decision to give Crimea to the Ukraine in 1954 as “stupid” in a radio interview.

He also blasted the law of the Ukraine’s state language which deprives the Russian-speaking population of the right to use its language at the state level. He called this situation “idiotic.”

However, the Czech leader suggested NATO should send its troops if Russia attempts to “annex the eastern part of the country,” as cited by Reuters.

"The moment Russia decides to widen its territorial expansion to the eastern part of Ukraine, that is where the fun ends," Zeman said in a broadcast on Czech public radio.

"There I would plead not only for the strictest EU sanctions, but even for military readiness of the North Atlantic Alliance, like for example NATO forces entering Ukrainian territory," the Czech leader added.

It follows a weekend of pro-Russian protests that are still engulfing eastern Ukraine.

On Monday, protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have seized the regional department building of Ukraine’s Security Service, local media reported, as cited by ITAR-TASS.

A day earlier, thousands of people waving Russian flags flooded the streets of eastern Ukraine on Sunday. Demonstrators in the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov seized state offices, while in Donetsk they also demanded an independence referendum.

Since the Crimean referendum and the territory’s accession to the Russian Federation, Western leaders have been expressing their outrage over what they called “annexation” of Crimea.

However, other world powers supported Russia, with Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner saying in March that the West’s reaction is about double standards, recalling that “the UN Charter stipulates the right of people to self-determination, which means that this rule should be applied to all countries without any exception.”

She compared the situation in Crimea with that of the Falkland Islands, where a referendum was also held a year ago. The UN did not question the legality of the vote at that time, Kirchner reminded. The conflict over the territory in 1982 led to a war between the UK and Argentina. Buenos Aires lost that conflict; diplomatic relations between the two were restored only seven years later in 1989.

Comments (39)


josmarten 12.04.2014 16:47

Why the Kiev demonstrators are all good and have the right to vote but the ones in Crimea/Donetsk have no rights to vote and are all bad agitators ? The neocon lobby is very smart & united w/ one agenda : Keep Christians fighting against each other: EU against Russia, USA against Russia, Russia against EU and USA, the EU and USA against Latin America ( like Cuba and Venezuela ) ,to keep all the Christians distracted , weak and confused, while they insert their own People in Brussels , Washington D.C. , Moscow and beyond .
Will the Christians in the EU, Russia ,the USA and Latin America ever see this ? NO.


just some guy 12.04.2014 14:43

George 08.04.2014 07:46

Reminds me of the guy who had five penises! I asked him, "How on earth do your underwear fit?" He said, "They fit like a glove."


completely off topic. but so funny.


George 08.04.2014 07:46

Vlad Pufagtinenko 08.04.2014 05:24

Didn't this guy's 19-year-old daughter Katerina Zemanova just attend an orgy recently (look it up...RT morons). Maybe her father like her has had too many penises waving in his face and has lost all perspective.


Reminds me of the guy who had five penises! I asked him, "How on earth do your underwear fit?" He said, "They fit like a glove."

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