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Moscow doesn’t need ‘annexation’ of Donbas, it doesn’t want to feed millions of ‘hungry mouths’ – Czech president

Moscow "is satisfied with annexation of Crimea", that is why it does not need the east of Ukraine and the Baltic States. This opinion was expressed by the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman.

Milos Zeman

According to him, the probability of war between Russia and NATO is very small, since Putin "is not a suicide and he understands the consequences it will entail," Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Express.

Zeman said that if Moscow initiated military actions against the Baltic countries, it would trigger "relevant not only political and economic, but also military response."

The Czech president doubts that Putin will attempt to take control over the eastern Ukraine. "I think Russia is satisfied with annexation of Crimea," he said. According to him, "annexation" of the east of Ukraine is not economically feasible for Moscow. "The region was destroyed by the civil war, and Moscow will have to feed tens of millions of hungry mouths, and Russia just does not have such economic opportunities," said Zeman.

Earlier the commander of the U.S. army in Europe, Lieutenant-General Frederick "Ben" Hodges said that Russia would not risk by openly attacking NATO.