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Czech president explains why Prague can't mediate between Moscow and Kiev

Added 09-12-22 07:37:05am EST - “Negotiations between Moscow and Kiev cannot be mediated by the Czech Republic due to a conflict of interest, says president Zeman” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Czech president explains why Prague can't mediate between Moscow and Kiev”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Czech Republic would not be able to propose peace talks between Russia and Ukraine because it is a “participating country,” said Czech President, Milos Zeman in an interview with Frequency 1 on Sunday.

Zeman noted that there are other countries that would be better placed to direct peace negotiations between Moscow and Kiev. “Countries like China, Israel, Turkey could all be considered. They have a balanced position and will not be taken as biased by any party,” he explained.

Since Russia launched its military campaign against Ukraine in late February, the Czech Republic has been a fervent supporter of the government in Kiev and has backed all the EU sanctions imposed on Moscow, it’s also been one of the top military donors to the Ukrainian army.

However, Prague’s decision has resulted in soaring energy prices and inflation back home. This led tens of thousands to attend anti-government demonstrations earlier this month, demanding that Czech authorities take a neutral stance in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and secure direct contracts with natural gas suppliers, including Russia.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala dismissed the protesters' demands, implying that the demonstrations were being stoked by the Kremlin.

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