Czech president says his ‘doors are closed’ to US envoy over Moscow WWII visit comments

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Leader of the Czech Republc, Miloš Zeman, says he won’t let any ambassador of another nation intrude with advice over his foreign visits. This comes as the US Ambassador criticized Zeman’s plans to go to Moscow’s celebration of the WWII parade.

“I’m afraid, after this statement the doors of the Prague Castle are closed for Ambassador Schapiro,”Zeman told Parlamentni Listy webportal on Saturday. Prague Castle is the president’s official residence and office.

Czech President Milos Zeman (AFP Photo/Patrick Kovarik) Czech President Milos Zeman (AFP Photo/Patrick Kovarik)

Earlier, the US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew Schapiro, criticized Zeman’s decision to go to Russia for Victory Day celebrations in May. He called the plans “short-sighted”, as it would “be awkward” if the Czech president was the only statesman from an EU country on Red Square.

“I cannot imagine a Czech ambassador in Washington giving advice to the US president on where…

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