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Greece recalls its Czech ambassador after Eurozone comments

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By Euronews
Greece recalls its Czech ambassador after Eurozone comments

Greece on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to the Czech Republic back to Athens for consultations following a sharp increase in tension with Prague.

It comes after a statement made by President Milos Zeman saying that the Czech Republic should introduce the euro on the first day after Greece’s departure from the eurozone, if possible.

Zeman, in an interview to the Slovakian agency TASR added that “my only concern regarding adopting the euro under the current stabilization mechanism is that Czech taxpayers would pay for Greek debts” and that “I was very disappointed from the result of the negotiations which almost led to the so-called Grexit, but eventually ended up with Greece staying in the euro zone.”

The Greek foreign ministry contacted Prague to say that “the Czech Republic entered the EU also with the support of Greece and no more comment so far”.

However, there has been no reaction or forthcoming apology yet from the government of the Czech Republic.

Euronews spoke with the foreign ministry of the Czech Republic, which confirmed that Greece recalled the ambassador from Prague and that tomorrow there will be a telephone call between the foreign ministers of the two countries to discuss the issue.