Czech President Milos Zeman angered the article Russian TV channel “Zvezda”, which was published during his official visit to Russia. The article argued that the Czech Republic should be grateful to the Soviet Union for the invasion of its territory in 1968.
A publication entitled “Czechoslovakia should be grateful to the USSR for 1968” appeared on the website of the TV channel “Star” on November 21, but was later removed, says RBC. The article claimed that the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that put an end to the reforms of the Prague spring, did not let West make a coup.
Information portal about Czech Republic 420on.cz noted that Zeman learned about the material of the Russian TV channel after arriving from Sochi to Moscow, where on November 21 he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The attention the article drew and the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek. The officer advised the Russian media, the structures of government to refrain from “gross perversion and false interpretation of the events of 1968 in Czechoslovakia”. “We don’t want to hear (read) that “in 1968, faced with the coup, which was organized by the West, — wrote the Minister on Twitter.
Czech President Milos Zeman was also unable to ignore the publication. His speech at the Russian-Czech economic forum in the world trade Center at Krasnaya Presnya, he began with an angry tirade against the author of the publication.
“Yesterday there was some crazy harebrained journalist, who said that in 1968, Russia has helped Czech and occupied it. This is a vile provocation on the day of the beginning of my visit”, – quotes RBC Zeman.
Some Czech politicians have asked Zeman to protest to interrupt his visit to Russia, but the President assured that he would not succumb to “provocation.” The Czech leader said that during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, to be held on Wednesday, asking him to distance himself from the material of the TV channel “Zvezda” and to condemn him.