Greece has recalled its ambassador to the Czech Republic for consultations in Athens over President Milos Zeman’s statements about it, the Greek embassy told CTK. The Czech Foreign Ministry said it considers the step, which is a strong form of protest in diplomacy, as exceptional. Zeman said recently the Czech Republic could only enter the euro zone after Greece’s participation in it is resolved. He also criticised Athens for sluggishness in the protection of the Schengen border and the accepting of refugees. The Greek embassy confirmed for CTK that ambassador Panayotis Sarris left Prague over Zeman’s statements about Greece’s membership of the euro zone. Constantinos Koutras, spokesman for the Greek Foreign Ministry, told the French news agency AFP that Greece previously sent a protest note to the Czech Republic over a series of anti-Greece statements made by Czech officials. The Greek Foreign Ministry recently summoned the Czech ambassador to Greece to convey to him “hard recommendations” on how Prague should behave in relation to Athens.
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