Prague draws red line in growing foreign policy discord with former sister state

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Relations between Czechia and Slovakia, which were part of one country for over seven decades, have consistently been described as “exceptional”. But mounting differences over foreign policy have now led the Czech government to suspend a planned joint meeting of the two cabinets in what is seen as a clear message that Prague wants to distance itself from Bratislava’s pro-Russian stance.

Inter-governmental consultations between the former sister states have been taking place since 2012, highlighting the special relationship between the two neighbours. And, although linguistically close, the countries’ leaders no longer understand each other. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said the differences in basic values and key security issues were so great there was no point in getting together.

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Author: Daniela Lazarová, Sources:Český rozhlas,ČTK