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Czechs Seek to Help Rebuild Ukraine and Foster Its EU Entry Bid

  • Czechs to take over EU rotating six-month presidency in July
  • Russian agression weighs heavily over EU matters, premier says
Petr Fiala
Petr FialaPhotographer: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union needs to help Ukraine deter Russian aggression, rebuild its economy and show support on its path to membership, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said as his country readies to take over the bloc’s rotating presidency. 

Priorities for the six-month role, starting in July, will be heavily influenced by the Russian war in Ukraine, which has also exposed weaknesses in Europe’s defense architecture, Fiala said in Prague on Wednesday.