Population– 1.07 crores Currency Czech koruna
The Czech Republic joined NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance) in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. It is also a member of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.
THINGS TO KNOW
(19 18) Last Habsburg Emperor overthrown; after World War I the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell, Czech lands and Slovakia proclaimed establishment of independent Czechoslovakia
Russia remains continuously among the most negatively perceived countries among Czechs in polls conducted since 1991, and 26% of Czechs responded that they have a positive opinion about Russia in November 2016.
RECENT EVENTS IN CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech REPUBLIC authorities dismantled the statue of a Soviet military commander despite Moscow’s protests, escalating a diplomatic row over the issue.
The statue of Marshal Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army forces (Soviet military) during the 2nd world war that drove Nazi troops from Czechoslovakia (now CZECH REPUBLIC), is reviled by some in Prague as a symbol of the decades of communist rule that followed the war.
THE RECENT DIPLOMATIC CRISIS
The Czech Republic has expelled two Russian diplomats after a Russian embassy employee spread false information about a planned poison attack on three Czech politicians.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who described the move as “appropriate and adequate”.
Russia expelled two Czech diplomats on June 15 in response to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic last week.
Czech-Russian relations have been deteriorating for months. Prague (Capital of the Czech Republic) expelled the 2 Russian diplomats as it accused the Russian Federation (Russia) of interfering in Czech Republic internal affairs and allegedly attempting to poison Czech Republic public officials.
IMPACT ON INDIA
India enjoys good relations with both Russia and Czech Republic
A rift between these two countries will make it harder for India to cooperate with both of them
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