On Monday, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala held talks with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Prague Yevhen Perebyinis about bilateral relations and the crisis on the Ukrainian-Russian border.
Fiala assured the Ukrainian diplomat of the Czech Republic’s full support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
The talks followed the ambassador’s meeting on Friday with the Chamber of Deputies deputy speaker, Jan Bartošek, during which Perebyinis thanked Czechia for its moral and military support in the conflict with Russia.
Fiala revealed that he and Perebyinis discussed the relations between the two countries and the crisis on the Ukrainian border with Russia. The National Security Council will discuss the possible consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine at its first meeting after the inauguration of Fiala’s government.
Moscow has gathered around 100,000 troops near Ukraine but denies reports that it is preparing itself for an invasion of the country. At the same time, Putin’s regime threatens unspecified action unless the West hears a series of demands on NATO’s functioning, a number of which have already been deemed unacceptable to the Allies. According to Kiev, Moscow is intent on destabilizing Ukraine rather than using military force.
Last week, the Czech government agreed to provide Ukraine with 4,000 artillery shells for about 37 million korunas (€1.5 million). Fiala stated at the time that Czechia supports Ukraine and believes in a diplomatic solution.
“We are trying to get the situation resolved peacefully, through diplomacy and to discourage Russia from any military aggression,” he said, adding that the government was preparing for worse-case scenarios.