Czech Republic wants to invite Ukrainian President Zelensky to Prague summit

During the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Czech Republic wants to hold a summit with the participation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenský, European Affairs Minister Mikuláš Bek (STAN) said in an interview with ČTK.

According to Mr. Bek, the European summit should be devoted to a key subject, such as energy security, adding that “the government could abandon the initial plan to organize several events outside Prague, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. and economic problems”. ”

The six-month presidency begins in less than two months, and its agenda will likely be dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and related economic, energy and migration issues.

“We would like the Ukrainian president to be invited to the summit,” Bek said. The meeting could take place at the beginning of October at Prague Castle.

According to Bek, one of Zelenský’s advisers will arrive in Prague in the coming weeks. He also wants Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyn, to attend the informal General Affairs Council in July.

Czech Republic to replace Russia in rights body

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday voted by an overwhelming majority Czech Republic replaces Russia on the world body’s top human rights body following its suspension following allegations of horrific human rights abuses by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

The Czech Republic was the only candidate for the seat of the 47-member Human Rights Council. Seats on the Geneva-based council are split between regional groups and a replacement for Russia was expected to come from an Eastern European country.

In Tuesday’s secret ballot vote, 180 of the 193 members of the General Assembly cast ballots. The result was 157 countries in favor of the Czech Republic and 23 abstentions.

Berta D. Wells