Second round of parliamentary election to be held in Lithuania on SundayWorld October 23, 2:49
Russian Duma delegation to take part in BRICS forum, IPU Assembly in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 2:11
Ceasefire in Syria violated 44 times in 24 hours — Russian reconciliation centerWorld October 23, 1:36
Russian national delegation would be more effective at US election — expertRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 1:09
Russia looks to produce Zika vaccine in Nicaragua — health ministerSociety & Culture October 23, 0:20
Russian diplomat calls to compare death tolls in Iraq under Hussein vs under US ruleRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 22, 21:00
US-led coalition delivers air strike on civilian procession in Iraq — Defense ministryWorld October 22, 18:45
Gazprom supplies to Europe reach record-breaking 590 mln cubic meters on FridayBusiness & Economy October 22, 18:24
Minsk protests against Ukraine's forced return to Kiev of Belavia planeWorld October 22, 14:05
PRAGUE, March 13. /TASS/. Sanctions imposed by Western nations on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine "are not in the interests of Slovakia and the Czech republic", Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Friday.
Addressing a congress of the Czech Social Democratic Party in Prague, Fico noted unanimity of opinion among the Slovak and Czech authorities on sanctions against Russia. While urging European politicians to ease off on existing restrictions, Prague and Bratislava are pursuing their own national interests, he said.
"We should protect our national interests - the interests of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. And we have managed this," Fico said. He also thanked his Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, for his "courageous stance" on the sanctions issue.
The Slovak premier recalled that "both the Czech and the Slovak governments spoke out against certain economic restrictions, the European Union planned to impose on Moscow".
EU governments on Friday decided to prolong sanctions on a list of Ukrainian and Russian individuals and companies accused of "undermining Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence", the European Council said.
The asset freezes and travel bans on 150 people and 37 organizations were extended for a further six months, until September 15, it said, adding that details would be published in the EU's Official Journal on Saturday.
The decision was a formality after EU foreign ministers agreed in late January to extend the sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and companies, saying they were responsible for the conflict in Ukraine.