Czech Republic and Slovakia may refuse to support Kiev for fear of freezing in winter – FT

The Czech Republic and Slovakia may withdraw support from Kiev due to the possibility of domestic political turmoil amid rising energy prices caused by the imposition of sanctions against Russia. It is written by Tim Gosling, a columnist of Foreign Policy magazine
Czech Republic and Slovakia may refuse to support Kiev for fear of freezing in winter - FT

According to Gosling, a number of Eastern European countries are at risk of political turmoil amid rising energy prices due to lower economic growth than in Western Europe and high dependence on fuel supplies from Russia. He noted that in the Czech Republic Russian gas accounted for 55 per cent of total consumption last year and in Slovakia 68 per cent.

“The Czech Republic and Slovakia <…> risk internal political instability due to rising prices and the fear of supply shortages in winter. Despite continued resolve, there is a risk that this could weaken their support for Ukraine,” Gosling is confident.

The publicist suggested that pro-Russian parties may soon come to power in these countries and “take advantage” of the fears of local residents to face the inability to pay for heating their homes. He specified that former Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš pose the biggest threat to help Kiev today.

“Many people are cautiously watching the presidential election in January, in which Andrej Babiš is leading,” the report said.

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