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Kasparov to Klaus: US radar station not important

31. 3. 2008 17:00
Russian politician chess master visits Czech Rep.

Hluboká - Czech President Václav Klaus spent almost 45 minutes speaking to the renowned chess master and, currently, an equally famous symbol of Russian anti-Kremlin opposition, Garri Kasparov.

Kasparov visited Hluboká in order to participate in an exhibition chess tournament.

Klaus, who has never tried to hide his pro-Russian stances, wanted to meet Kasparov because "he knows and admires him", explained the president's associates.

Concerned with other problems

According to information provided to Aktuálně.cz, Klaus and Kasparov talked about political, social and security problems of Russia.
Additionally, Klaus appeared to be interested in Kasparov's opinion about the US plan to station radar facility in Brdy.

Read more: Czech PM: US radar on our soil three words away

"What Mr. President wanted above all was to learn more about the situation in Russia," said Kasparov when speaking with Aktuálně.cz reporters.

Kasparov admitted that personally, he doesn't find the topic of US radar base in the Czech Republic a relevant one. "He was interested in my opinion on anti-missile defense, however I don't see this topic as being really important to Russian foreign policy. It is a secondary problem, in contrast to growing economic troubles of my country."

The president has left Hluboká immediately after meeting Kasparov, but Jan Klaus, the president's son, stayed on to participate in the tournament.

autor: Vendula Křížová | 31. 3. 2008 17:00

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