Czech Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine

The Czech Foreign Ministry on Friday called on Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine, to stop artillery attacks from Russian territory and to halt deliveries of military equipment to pro-Russian rebels. The ministry also called for independent monitoring of the border between Ukraine and Russia to be allowed. The ministry said the operation of Russian armed forces in eastern and southeastern Ukraine was a serious threat to peace and stability in Europe. It stressed that steps taken by Russia went against international law and also undermined statements that President Vladimir Putin made at a recent summit in Minsk where he said he sought a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis.