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Zeman meets Putin while in Beijing

Both presidents are in China for World War II celebrations

Beijing, Sept 3 (ČTK special correspondent) — Czech President Miloš Zeman today called on Russia to join the international effort to stop terrorism of the Islamic State when he met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin while on a visit to Beijing where they are attending the celebrations of the end of World War II.

Putin expressed the hope that Russian-Czech trade exchange, now affected by sanctions, would improve.

He appreciated Zeman’s attitude to the evaluation of the war past.

“We highly praise your position on the objective evaluation of recent history, the time of war,” Putin said.

Zeman met Putin for the second time this year. In May, he conducted talks with him in Moscow on the occasion of the celebrations of Victory.

The existing problems must be dealt with by “a joint effort without rejecting and leaving one another,” Putin said. “I fully share this position of yours,” he added.

Zeman spoke about the need to face the terrorism from the Islamic State by the creation of international forces. He asked Putin to join the effort.

Speaking in Russian, Zeman said he wanted to discuss the issue at the forthcoming meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Putin, too, will deliver a speech there.

“I want to discuss the issue there. Besides, it was already mentioned by (Russian Foreign Minister Sergey) Lavrov,” Zeman said.

“A united resolution of the Security Council must be passed, similar to that passed in reaction to the terrorist attacks in Somalia,” he added.

Zeman said the anti-terrorist forces should not focus on the occupation of any territory, but on extremists’ training camps and their leaders.

“Russian-Czech relations have already had a partnership character, developing with a strong dynamics,” Putin’s foreign policy affairs aide Yuri Ushakov is quoted as saying by the Russian news agency TASS.

He said the Kremlin registers a strengthening of contacts between Russian and Czech regions, good prospects of cultural and humanitarian cooperation and development of relations between universities.

Ushakov said interest in the study of Russian is growing in the Czech Republic

However, the volume of bilateral trade has been decreasing, TASS reported. It dropped by 11 percent to ten billion dollars in consequence of the western sanctions last year and by more than 40 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period of 2014.

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