Czechia remains supportive of Ukraine but must ensure its own protection, warns PM’s advisor

“The more the Ukrainians manage to resist, the less likely it is that we will have to fight on our territory,” said Tomáš Pojar

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author: Jan Bumba, Karolína Němcová
Luhansk People's Republic militia servicemen stand at an exhibition of captured Ukrainian tanks and weapons in Lisichansk, which is under Russia's control, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense. (AP Photo)

Czechia is one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine in its conflict with Russia — not just in the field of international diplomacy but also on a practical level as one of the five largest suppliers of military equipment, said Tomáš Pojar, an advisor to the prime minister and security analyst, during an appearance on Jan Bumba’s Interview Plus.

“I dealt with the office of the prime minister, the office of the president, and several ministers and deputies,” Pojar, who has just returned from a trip to Ukraine, told the show. “Basically, it was about our EU presidency, the program, and what we are up to and how best to align everything,” he added.

In Ukraine, he also discussed the restoration of the country. “We talked about when and how Czechia can get involved, and especially how our companies, schools, and non-governmental organizations will be able to get involved in the restoration. We discussed the aid to their armed forces so that the Ukrainians can defend themselves.”

According to Pojar, whether or not European countries are sending enough military equipment to Ukraine depends on the point of view. “They are getting enough, but the war against the huge Russian power is a serious, big, brutal war. That front line is many hundreds of kilometers long, so it’s kind of a bottomless pit for weapons to some extent. It is the biggest war on the European continent since World War II, a war with a huge power, an army. Therefore, the needs of the Ukrainians are really great.”

The prime minister’s advisor insisted that Czechia should not get into a situation where it sends weapons to Ukraine to its own detriment. “This is exactly the question that is always weighed at the moment. If we can send something, what quantity should we send so that we know we will still have enough for our own defense and to maintain our own capabilities for some time so that we are not vulnerable.”

“On the other hand, the more the Ukrainians manage to resist, the less likely it is that we will have to fight on our territory,” Pojar added.

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