The Czech Republic continues to adhere to sanctions against Russia imposed due to the annexation of the Crimea, and will never recognize the occupation of the Crimean peninsula and certain regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic Martin Stropnicky reported at a briefing following a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.

“Russian invasion to the Crimea is a real violation of international rules. I hope that in future Russia will enter a dialogue and fulfill the points of the Minsk agreements”, the Head of the defense establishment of the Czech Republic emphasized.

Whereas, Stepan Poltorak thanked his Czech colleague for solidarity with Ukraine.

“I thank my colleague for his principle position on issues that are so important for us: the Czech Republic will never recognize the annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of the Donbas,” he said.

Poltorak specified that during the talks the ministers discussed the latest events in Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

In particular, the parties expressed a common position on the violation of “Minsk agreements” by Russia and “L/DPR” terrorist groups.

Furthermore, they discussed issues of participation of Ukrainian and Czech 17 military personnel in multinational exercises and training of special operations forces, sappers and sniper specialist.