With a lack of vaccine supply blunting the Czech vaccination drive, Zeman announced in March that he had contacted Russia and China to ask them to send vaccines. When the health and foreign ministers opposed using either Sputnik V or Sinopharm without EU approval, the president demanded their heads.
The Slovak-born Babis is well aware that a delivery of Sputnik V just helped depose the prime minister of his mother country, but he's also eyeing his rapidly dwindling popularity ahead of the Czech elections in October and the likelihood that he'll have to rely on Zeman's Machiavellian manoeuvres if he wants to head the next government.
This is an unprecedented move by Zeman. First of all, operational security demands a very high level of 'need to know' and compartmentalisation within counter-intelligence work. The identities of surveillance targets, the sources and methods used to monitor and expose them, and even their apparent missions are treated as extremely confidential.
Apart from the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, as a host of the event, the lunch is attended by the prime ministers of Hungary Victor Orban, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pelegrini, as well as prime ministers of Western Balkans, among others, Albanian PM Edi Rama, Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic, and Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.