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Czech president notes big prospects for cooperation with Russia

June 20, 2014, 19:01 UTC+3 PRAGUE

“There are no reasons for isolating Russia and imposing sanctions against it,” Czech President Milos Zeman says

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Czech President Milos Zeman

Czech President Milos Zeman


PRAGUE, June 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Czech President Milos Zeman has said there are big prospects for cooperation between the Czech Republic and Russia.

The economies of both states complement each other, Zeman said in an exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS on Friday.

“We need energy and you need trams, trolleybuses and buses,” he said.

“Cooperation between the Czech Republic and Russia is also based on the exchange of capital,” Zeman said.

However, he said the level of Russia’s investments in the Czech Republic was very low. “Russia invested only 0.3% in the Czech Republic. Why no investments are made in Karlovy Vary resorts and other areas?” Zeman said.

At present, “there are many chances for expanding cooperation” between the two countries, he said.

“There are no reasons for isolating Russia and imposing sanctions against it,” he said.

“There is a chance to increase the level of our cooperation instead of talking about sanctions. The isolation has never brought luck. It only can lead to the lack of mutual understanding and mutual trust. It’s bad,” Zeman said.

Commenting on the visa rules between the two countries, he said, “I’m confident that entry visas should be abolished for Russian citizens.”

“What’s such bureaucracy for?” Zeman said. He named visas as “excessive obstacles”.

“Unfortunately, most tourists only visit the Prazsky Hrad (Prague Kremlin) and Cesky Krumlov (a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic). There are areas that tourists do not visit at all,” Zeman said.

“It’s bad,” he added.

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