Czech president tells Adamkus media distorted his words

May 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has assured Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and the Estonian President Thoomas Ilves that the media had distorted his words about the allegedly different importance of Russia and Lithuania.

In a letter to Lithuania’s president, Klaus maintains that he did not tell the Lidove Noviny daily that Russia needed more attention than Lithuania and Estonia. The Czech president said he, in fact, stressed the need to be more watchful of Russia than of Lithuania.

“I do not see Russia as a threat, I see Russia as a big, strong, ambitious country, which is certainly necessary to be watchful of more than – to give an example – small Estonia or Lithuania,” the Czech president cited his statement at the summit of European Union (EU) and Russia in Siberia.

Meanwhile, media publications appeared after Klaus’ interview, suggesting that Russia needed more attention than other EU members, such as Lithuania and Russia.

“I never said that it is necessary to pay more attention to Russia than to the EU member states. To pay attention and to be watchful are not entirely different statements. As you know from our talks, I do not demonize Russia. There is no doubt that the Czech Republic should “be watchful of Russia” more that of your country, for example, which we consider close and very friendly. I am also convinced that also for Lithuania Russia is a country you are more watchful of than, for example, the Czech Republic,” reads the letter.

Klaus stressed he viewed Lithuania as an important partner, assuring that he attached major importance to good relations between the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Central Europe, Estonia, EU, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Russia.

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