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18 December 201919:08

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Czech Republic approving a law recognising August 21 as Remembrance Day in Honour of the Victims of the Invasion and Subsequent Occupation (of the CSSR) by the Warsaw Treaty Forces in 1968

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We are disappointed to learn about the law approved by the Czech Republic that recognises August 21 as Remembrance Day in Honour of the Victims of the Invasion and Subsequent Occupation (of the CSSR) by the Warsaw Treaty Forces in 1968. This sort of approach adopted by our partners runs counter to our bilateral agreements enshrined in the Russian-Czech Treaty of Friendly Relations and Cooperation (of August 26, 1993), where the two parties announced their “desire to finally draw the bottom line under the totalitarian past related to the inadmissible use of force against Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the further unjustified presence of Soviet troops on Czechoslovakian territory.”

Prague’s aspiration to return back to the events that happened fifty years ago in order to include them in a modern political context, its reluctance to turn over this page of history, which is beclouding the atmosphere of Russian-Czech relations, is unlikely to facilitate advances in bilateral cooperation.

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