Ukraine cannot get back the Crimea peninsula, although Russia took it by annexation, Czech President Milos Zeman was quoted as saying.
Zeman has spoken out against the EU sanctions and has regularly expressed pro-Russian views. He was the only Western leader to attend the May 2015 celebrations in Moscow to mark the end of World War Two.
“An annexation means breaching international agreements and it is doubtless that agreements guaranteeing Ukraine’s territorial integrity were breached,” Zeman said in a response to a reader’s question published by www.parlamentnilisty.cz.
“On the other hand, I agree with you that (Soviet leader Nikita) Khrushchev made an unforgivable silly thing and world’s politicians acknowledge today that Crimea cannot be given back to Ukraine,” Zeman said. He did not specify who those politicians were.