Petr Fiala, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, believes that the likelihood of a rapid resolution to the war in Ukraine is decreasing.

 

“The chances for a quick resolution of the conflict have proved slim and are getting slimmer,” the BRNO publication reported, citing his speech at the opening of the meeting of Czech ambassadors at the Foreign Ministry on Monday, Aug. 28.

 

Fiala stressed that developments in the war over recent months shows how complicated is the situation.

 

 “There is even the threat of stalemate and the reality of a frozen conflict, according to many analysts,” the Czech PM noted.

 

While he doesn't consider this to be the only potential outcome, Fiala insists: “We must also keep this in mind and factor it into our strategic considerations.”

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He cautioned that Russia's aggressive actions have multifaceted consequences and “they also contribute to a certain degree to the nervousness we feel in our country.”

 

Nevertheless, the Prime Minister emphasized that the Czech Republic must persist in delivering civilian and military support to Ukraine, aiding its integration into the European Union and NATO, while also preparing for the post-war reconstruction of the invaded country.

 

Fiala added that Russia's imperial policy undoubtedly presents the most significant security threat to the Czech Republic of recent times. However, he also stressed the importance of vigilance towards China's intentions.

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The Czech PM underscored the need to thwart Russian attempts to recreate spheres of influence, as failing to do so would not only embolden the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin but also other potential aggressors.

 

It's not the first time Fiala has spoken about the risk of a frozen conflict in Ukraine. At the end of June, he emphasized that if the conflict becomes frozen in Eastern Europe, a center of permanent security instability will emerge.

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“The most significant threat in today's situation is exhaustion,” he said

 

“I mean not only the exhaustion of Ukrainian forces and the depletion of the opportunities that we can provide them, but also the depletion of support and attention from Western countries. There is a danger that society may soon lose its understanding of [the need to support] the attacked country,” Fiala stressed.

 

The Czech PM added that Russia has demonstrated its willingness to cross all boundaries of international norms and laws.

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