Lawmakers denounce war veteran status to Russian 1968 troops

5. 6. 2019

Some Russian politicians' effort to give the war veteran status to the troops from the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia is an "outrageous attempt at legitimising the occupation," the Czech Chamber of Deputies said in a resolution today.
This can result in harming the relations between the Czech Republic and Russia, the resolution said.
The lower house said it was "extremely concerned" about the possible enactment of the Russian law on war veterans.
"We basically reject the proposed justification of the amendment which says the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia was rightful in connection with the fulfilment of the tasks when suppressing the so-called attempted coup in Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968," the resolution said.
The enactment of the law would seriously violate the agreement on friendly relations and cooperation the Czech Republic and Russia signed in 1993, it added.
Czechoslovakia's occupation by the five countries of the former Warsaw Pact violated international law, the lower house said.
The resolution also spoke about a "brutal aggression."
The Russian legislation has been condemned by the Czech Foreign Ministry and President Milos Zeman who has summoned the Russian ambassador over the affair for next Thursday.
Prague, June 5 (CTK)

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