“It sounds like complete nonsense, an attempt to gain some points by appealing to Russophobia which is rather popular here nowadays,” Miklas said, adding that in order to gain or maintain power, politicians in the Czech Republic have to make statements like these.
Miklas also pointed out that while Martin Stropnicky claimed that he was citing his Hungarian colleague, Hungary’s defense minister had already refuted such claims.
“Therefore, Stropnicky either lied or simply invented these claims,” Miklas said. “Think about it: at the moment Hungary enjoys a rather good relationship with Russia, so why spoil it? Why would a member of the Hungarian leadership add tensions between Russia and Europe? That would be simply irrational.”
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While Russia has no reason to fund the migrants, Miklas noted, the statements made by the Czech Defense Minister definitely served some purpose.
“Minister Stropnicky is not an independent person, he’s just a puppet of his masters overseas,” Miklas added. “He’s not President Zeman who is the only politician in Czech Republic completely independent from both Brussels and Washington.”
“He is trying to make this popular party serve the American interests, so we may be dealing with a request made by a certain hyperactive US ambassador, a request fulfilled by Czech Defense Minister,” Miklas said, adding that Stropnicky, an actor by trade, is rather incompetent as a defense minister and sometimes appears to be oblivious to the state of affairs in his own ministry.
“I believe that in this case those calling the shots seek to portray Russia as an enemy of both Europe and Czech Republic. There’s no other sensible reason for the minister’s escapade that I can think of,” Miklas added.