The Czech Senate has adopted a statement condemning President Milos Zeman over the “legitimacy” of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, contrary to international law. This publication reports Ceske Noviny.
Statement of the upper house was supported by 38 of the 47 senators present, three voted against and six abstained.
“These statements of the President of the Republic legitimizes aggression that violates international law,” reads the document.
However, the Senate rejected the amendment, according to which Zeman detrimental to the interests of the Czech Republic.
Press Secretary of the President Jiri Ovcacek rejected the accusations of the Senate. “The President has not legalized the annexation of the Crimea, he expressed a balanced and realistic view, no deviations from of the Czech foreign policy,” he said.
On 10 October, speaking at a session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Zeman said he believes the seizure by Russia of the Crimea “completed thing” and offered to “solve the issue” with the payment of compensation to Ukraine. Members of the Assembly who spoke after him, did not react to the words, and some have even paid him compliments.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman called the Czech President “profoundly mentally ill” person.