Milos Zeman, the Czech President, said it may revise its plans regarding the visit to Moscow for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory. The reason for this – the position of Russia in the assessment of the events of August 1968, when Czechoslovakia troops entered the Warsaw Pact. Previously Zeman has accepted the invitation of Putin to the celebrations, reminds TASS.
18 December, the Russian foreign Ministry commented on the Czech Republic adopted a law recognizing 21 August as the Day of remembrance of the victims of the invasion and subsequent occupation of Czechoslovakia by troops of the Warsaw Pact. It is unlikely to contribute to the successful cooperation of the Czech Republic and Russia, said the Russian foreign Ministry. Diplomats also noted that he learned about the law “with great disappointment”, as it is contrary to the agreements of 1993, when both countries declared that sum “end to the totalitarian past”. The reaction of the Russian foreign Ministry Zeman called “absolute arrogance.”
According to Czech historians, during the stay of Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia (August 1968 to mid-1991) died 406 of its citizens. Russian historians say that only in the first month after the troops killed 12 Soviet soldiers.