Lockdown of relations with Russia

Ex-Deputy Foreign Min. Petr Drulák yesterday compared the broad political support in

the CR for the expulsion this week of 18 Russian diplomats to the broad support American

politicians showed in 2003 for the invasion of Iraq. We are heading toward breaking off

diplomatic relations with Russia, he said, and it is based on scant information that has not

been sufficiently documented or proven. It's true that nothing other than the initial states of

emergency declared last year has elicited as much support from the opposition for a policy

of the government of Andrej Babiš. Essentially all Czech politicians are going along with

the new Russia agenda, except for the Communists and SPD. The opposition did not protest

much last year when the government first locked down the country because of covid and

closed the borders, and the lockdown of relations with Russia is following the same tem-

plate: Hastily called press conferences, drastic measures, and no real political opposition.

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