The Czech government is prepared for all development scenarios in Ukraine, including the interruption of energy supplies, said Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) in a video posted on social media on Saturday.
The solution to the situation, according to him, is not war, but even thoughtless concessions. From the side of Russia, he sees an effort to make the Czech Republic once again a weak and divided country, which he will be able to influence.
The basic condition for dissuading Russia from aggression is to show unity and an uncompromising attitude.
Any war conflict, according to Fiala, would undoubtedly have repercussions on the Czech Republic as well.
“I would like to assure you that our government is prepared for this situation, that we can manage it together. We are prepared for all scenarios, whether there is a power cut or a refugee wave,” the Prime Minister said.
He noted that no one wants such a development, and that is why the government is trying at the international level to resolve the critical situation in a diplomatic and peaceful way.
At the same time, he stressed the need for unity and firmness in matters of principle. He recalled the historical experience of the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia.
“We cannot fail to see in this an effort to make our country weak again, divided, which Russia will be able to influence in some way,” he added.
He recalled the Munich Agreement of 1938, the Yalta Conference of 1945 or the occupation of Czechoslovakia of August 1968.
He also referred to the explosion of ammunition depots in Vrbětice and the “disinformation wars” by which he said Russia was trying to “undermine the belonging of our citizens” and their belonging to the Czech democratic state.
Western countries, he said, have a wide range of tools to deter Russia or other states from military aggression. As a basic condition, he described unity and an uncompromising stance regarding the fundamental values of international law.
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