Situation in Crimea

Posted by bara 13/05/2014 at 12h26

Each of us has seen civil unrest in Ukraine. In recent days, however, attention has shifted much of the world from Kiev to the Crimea. Can tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalate into a military conflict? Citizens of Crimea voted to join the Ukrainian peninsula to the Russian Federation. For connect voted about 95 percent of voters. Turnout by Russian media exceeded 80 percent. The Russian president has his signature a decree recognizing the independence of the Crimea. 
Western countries (including the Czech Republic) do not recognize the referendum and threatened Russia with sanctions. Both the EU and America want to freeze the foreign assets of persons who have helped this situation. The challenge to the fierce action against Russia at the premiere of Bohuslav Sobotka turned a former ambassador to Russia and the former Minister of Defence Luboš Dobrovský, former minister Michael Kocab and Martin Bursik and Senator Jaromir Stetina. 
The government would have had to freeze the issuing of visas to Russians, Russians freeze accounts in the Czech Republic and stop the entry of Russian business in the country. "We demand that the Government at home to: 1. immediate stop issuing visas to citizens of the Russian Federation, 2. cancellation of the possibilities of receiving dual citizenship for citizens of the Russian Federation from 1.1.2015, 3. freeze accounts of Russian citizens in the Czech Republic in order to investigate the legality of these deposits, 4. stop entry of Russian business and capital to the Czech Republic, 5. cancellation of the tender for the construction of new nuclear reactors at Temelin." The Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka disagrees with such sharp steps.
What is the current situation for the Czech economy?
Five percent of domestic exports travel to the Russia. If we had the basic raw materials, especially oil, we would not be able to immediately replace this loss, which could severely hamper Czech industry. It would also be a problem if they were cut off natural gas supplies. In this case, it could not only Czech but also European economies again end up in a recession. We could have observed an increase in prices of a barrel of oil and cereals during Ukrainian crisis.
Trade War with Russia may harm tourism: if due to sanctions reduced the number of Russian tourists in the Czech Republic, would disappear in tourism around 20,000 jobs. Total domestic tourism works 230,000 people, said the consulting firm Mag Consulting. 759,000 Russian tourists visited the Czech Republic in the last year. The total amount that you spend in Czech stores by tourists from countries outside the EU consists of 51 percent of Russian people. Most sales would decrease in Prague and Karlovy Vary.


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