The Ukrainian Embassy in Prague has responded to controversial statements made by President Miloš Zeman over the weekend. In a statement on its web page the embassy said that in bilateral relations the decisive voice in Prague was that of the Czech government which had made it clear that it fully respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and supported its reform efforts.
In an interview for the Czech daily Pravo published on Saturday President Zeman described the Ukrainian prime minister, Arseny Yatseniuk, as a “war premier” saying that Kiev was following a two-faced policy, with President Petro Poroshenko representing a “man of peace” while Mr. Yatseniuk wanted to resolve the situation by force rather than accepting a European Commission peace deal.
The Czech head of state likewise spoke about fascist tendencies in Kiev, saying that a recent Banderite march through the city reminded him of the Nazi torch marches of the 1930s. The Ukrainian Embassy said in its statement that despite the controversial views on Stepan Bander to most Ukrainians today he was a symbol of the fight for freedom and independence.