Zeman's statements forced Pristina to withdraw from the Summit in the Prague
Czech agency CTK had announced this, stating that it refers to Milos Zeman's statements that he likes the Serbs but dislikes Kosovo, and the initiative to check whether Czech Republic could withdraw Kosovo independence recognition.
After the words of President Zeman in Belgrade, as CTK finds out, on the Prague Summit, nobody had confirmed participation yet. Pristina was supposed to be presented by its Vice President of the Government, but Czech hosts negotiate with Pristina to send its lower ranked representative.
Reactions in the Czech Republic were triggered by President Zeman's statement upon landing on Belgrade airport that he likes Serbia and the Serbs, but dislikes Kosovo, while Czech Foreign Affairs Chief Tomasz Petschicek attempted to make this statement a joke, saying that the president does not like Kosovo, as it had beaten Czech football national team these days.
Chief if Czech Foreign Affairs said that Czech Republic has correct relations with both Kosovo and Serbia and that it is among the hundred states that recognized Kosovo's independence, and that it is in the interest of EU security for the Western Balkans to integrate into EU, while representatives of the Czech opposition parties had strongly condemned Zeman for giving such irresponsible statements in the region that is highly combustible.
"Kada bih hteo da budem surov, rekao bih - neka na pisti na aerodromu mrmlja ta god hoe. Spoljnu politiku i njen pravac odreuje vlada", kazao je lider opozicione stranke STAN Vit Rakuan.
Former Czech Chief of diplomacy from the oppositional liberal party TOP09, Karel Schwarzenberg addressed Zeman that if he thinks that Kosovo does not exist, he should talk to the Czech football players.
"It is not possible. If a state has...