Czech President ‘bans US Ambassador from Prague Castle’ over Russia visit
President Milos Zeman has “closed the door” of Prague Castle to the US ambassador following comments perceived as critical of his decision to attend a second world war commemoration in Moscow, according to local media reports on Sunday.
European Union leaders are boycotting the ceremony in May over Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict but Zeman – who has frequently departed from the EU line – has said he will attend.
“I can’t imagine the Czech ambassador in Washington would give advice to the American president where to travel,” Zeman told news portal Parlamentni Listy. “I won’t let any ambassador have a say about my foreign travels.“
“Ambassador [Andrew] Schapiro has the door to the castle closed.“