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Zeman criticizes historical Ukrainian leaders

Views on Bandera and Shukhevych differ but they are heroes in Ukraine Prague, Jan 8 (ČTK) — Czech President Milos Zeman has criticized Ukrainian leaders Stepan Bandera (1909-59) and Roman Shukhevych (1907-50), saying he cannot congratulate Ukraine on such national heroes in his response to an open letter by four Ukrainian studies scholars and historians.… Keep Reading

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Zeman criticizes Ukrainian PM

President says Yatsenyuk is ‘prime minister of war’ Prague, Jan 3 (ČTK) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may be a man of peace, while Prime Minister Arseni Yatsenyuk seems to be “the prime minister of war, judging by his words,” Czech President Miloš Zeman says in daily Právo , adding that Yatsenyuk shuns a peace… Keep Reading

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RFE/RL reporter detained in Baku

Khadija Ismayilova sent to two-month pretrial detention WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2014 — Khadija Ismayilova, a prominent investigative journalist who contributes to RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, has been sentenced by a court in Baku to two months of pretrial detention, on charges of causing a man to attempt suicide, broadcaster RFE/RL said in a press release. The… Keep Reading

Czech Presiden Milos Zeman to visit China
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Zeman says Taiwan is part of China

Czech president opines that Taiwan will ‘soon’ be peacefully united with the mainland Beijing, Oct. 27 (special ČTK correspondent) — Czech President Miloš Zeman reassured his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, today that the Czech Republic recognizes the territorial integrity of China, including Tibet and Taiwan, and that it will not interfere in its internal affairs. Zeman… Keep Reading

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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