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Jews of Czech Republic protest Putin's visit in January

The Jewish community of the Czech Republic said it was “inappropriate” to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“The regime that Putin established and embodies does not respect international agreements, is aggressive and uses its force to occupy the territory of a neighboring country,” says the statement by the Federation of Jewish communities of the Czech Republic, which was cited by AFP news agency.

Putin has yet to react to the invitation, which he and other world leaders were sent last month by Czech President Milos Zeman, while Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has already confirmed he will be attending.

The memorial events organized by the European Jewish Congress are planned for 26 and 27 January.

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