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    Europe Does Almost Nothing to Prevent Collapse of Ukraine – Czech FM

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    According to the Czech foreign minister, Europe needs to pay more attention to practical help to Ukraine instead of imposing sanctions on Russia.

    Europe is doing almost nothing to prevent the collapse of Ukraine, which may happen if Kiev fails to pass necessary reforms, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said Sunday on local TV.

    “I suppose that we in Europe are doing little to prevent the collapse of Ukraine,” he said.

    According to the minister, Europe needs to pay more attention to practical help to Ukraine instead of imposing sanctions on Russia.

    “Currently, it is necessary to concentrate not on the [anti-Russian] sanctions, which are much talked about, but on what and how European countries should do in order to really help Ukraine,” he said. “Hard times are coming for Kiev, for example, in the taxation system and in its energy sector,” he added.

    Ukraine’s failure to pass necessary reforms could have a negative impact on European states, including the Czech Republic.

    The minister also reminded that Ukrainian lawmakers need to do a lot to comply with the new Minsk deal as “this refers to the elections in the east of the country according to the Ukrainian legislation and under the OSCE monitoring, as well as many other steps that need to end with agreements on establishing Kiev’s control over Russian-Ukrainian border,” he concluded.


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