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A statement by former Czech President Vaclav Klaus in an interview with TV Prima claiming that Ukraine was being goaded by Western political elites, including that of the Czech Republic, to provoke Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, saw a harsh response by Ukraine's Ambassador in Prague, Yevhen Perebyinis.

Mr. Klaus said on TV Prima that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behaving cautiously and soberly and not reacting to each provocation, adding that this was fortunate, Radio Praha reports.

Mr. Perebyinis, via Twitter, asked whether Hitler too had been cautious and sober.

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"Does his statement about Ukraine agree with those who thought it was just Czechoslovakia in 1938 who provoked 'cautious and sober' Hitler?" the envoy tweeted

The Ukrainian ambassador’s comments received support from Czech MEP Jaromír Štětina and former TOP 09 leader Miroslav Kalousek.