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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta
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Leon Panetta calls for military aid to Kiev

On visit to Prague, former U.S. defense secretary and director of the CIA says Putin will foment turmoil in Eastern Europe if region seems weak Prague, Oct. 21 (ČTK) — The United States and other countries should provide military aid to Ukraine, including heavy weapons, so that Russia comes to realize it would pay dearly… Keep Reading

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Uzbek dictator to visit Prague in 2015

Visit of President Karimov was postponed earlier this year after outcry from Czech NGOs Prague, Oct. 6 (ČTK) — Uzbekistan’s president, whose visit earlier to the Czech Republic this year had been postponed, will call on Prague next year, but the exact date has not been agreed on so far, Hynek Kmoníček, head of the… Keep Reading

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Ministry warns against travel to Russian border

Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan are hotspots that could easily see violence flare up Prague, Aug. 11 (ČTK) — The Czech Foreign Affairs Ministry does not recommend that Czech citizens travel to the Russian regions bordering with Ukraine or the regions near the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the ministry said on its webpage. The warning is due to… Keep Reading

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Russia looks to increase domestic weapons production

Putin: ‘We can definitely produce everything we need ourselves’ Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed officials at a July 28 meeting about replacing imports in the defense industry. Putin stated the country needed to protect itself against the risk of foreign partners “not performing their contractual obligations.” “This includes risks of a political nature too,” he… Keep Reading

Full text of Putin’s speech on Crimea
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Putin: ‘We will react appropriately’ to NATO

Russian leader warns against NATO encroachment and vows to protect Russians ‘regardless of where they live’ Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the opening remarks at a meeting of the Russia’s Security Council on July 22. He characterized the new government in Ukraine as ‘neo-fascist’ and repeated his intention to protect all Russians regardless of borders.… Keep Reading

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President Poroshenko’s speech on the crash of MH17

Address of the President on the occasion of the crash of Malaysia Airlines aircraft Kyiv, July 18—Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: Today the war has overspilled from the territory of Ukraine. Over the past months Ukraine was overwhelmed by the events caused by the aggressors and militaries in the East of the country. But the tragedy… Keep Reading

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Ukrainians rail against Russia-loving Klaus

Former president comes under fire, Ukrainian academic labels his words as ‘drivel addressed to fools’ Prague, July 14 (ČTK) — Ukrainian observers have criticized former Czech President Václav Klaus (2003–13) for sharing opinions with what they call the controversial pro-Russian American Institute in Ukraine (AIU), daily Hospodářské noviny (HN) writes today. A round table debate… Keep Reading

Statue of Assassin Gavrillo Princip
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Assassin Gavrilo Princip gets a statue in Sarajevo

The man whose shot started World War I is honored in bronze A bronze statue of the man who assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was unveiled in Sarajevo a day ahead on the 100th anniversary of the event. Gavrilo Princip, who some people regard as a national hero, shot both the archduke and his wife,… Keep Reading

gas pipeline
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Slovakia, Ukraine fail to agree on gas supply to Ukraine

Legal issues on which pipeline to use are stalling agreement Bratislava/ Veľké Kapušany, April 15 (ČTK) — Slovak and Ukrainian government officials failed to agree on the launch of reverse supplies of natural gas from Slovakia to Ukraine at a meeting, Slovak Ministry of Economy spokesman Stanislav Jurikovič confirmed to ČTK. The talks on signing… Keep Reading

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Barack Obama’s speech in Prague, five years on

U.S. president drew some 20,000 to hear him speak at Prague Castle in 2009 Tomorrow, five years ago, then–newly inaugurated U.S. President Barack Obama spoke on Hradčany Square in front of Prague Castle, where he laid out his vision of a world without nuclear weapons to a crowd of some 20,000. On April 5, 2009,… Keep Reading

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