‘Chechenophobic:’ Clueless Czech PM Babis upsets Grozny with snobbish response to call confusion

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What do you name a first-rate minister who would not know the title of his nation? Well, it seems the reply is Andrej Babis, the billionaire premier of Czechia.

He believed he was governing ‘the Czech Republic,’ till he found otherwise throughout a Wall Street Journal interview.

In 2016, the earlier Prague authorities agreed to make Czechia the official quick title of the nation, and since then, the United Nations and the European Union have formally used the brand new designation. Google Maps and different cartography providers have additionally fallen into line.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Babis mentioned: “I didn’t know this. I don’t like it at all. It’s because then you will confuse Czechia, Chechnya, I don’t know. I don’t like this. We are the Czech Republic. We are Czechs. And I don’t know who came up with such a stupid idea. Crazy.”

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While the incident occurred final March, it is now starting to make waves in Chechnya. The minister of nationwide coverage and exterior relations and data of the Muslim Republic, Dzhambulat Umarov, is very sad.

He advised radio station ‘Moscow Talks’ that Babis’ feedback had been to “please the Russophobic and Chechenophobic public in the West.” Umarov spoke in regards to the historical past of the Chechen Republic through the Napoleonic War, and continued: “The language of ultimatums or threats is alien to Chechens. It makes us laugh. You don’t have to be a great historian to know how such trips ended for those who called us “Czechs.” He was apparently referring to Genghis Khan’s Golden Horde, which appeared within the area lengthy earlier than it turned a part of Russia. 

The minister concluded: “I can reassure [Babis] with the words: let [the Czechs] not worry. They are very far from the Chechens. The Chechen people will not worry much if someone finds it distasteful to call themselves Chechens.”

Babis is just not the one one to notice a similarity between Czechia and Chechnya. In 2016, because the change was occurring, then-Czech minister of regional growth Karla Slechtova tweeted: “I disagree with the name ‘Czechia.’ I don’t want people to confuse our country with Chechnya.”

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