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Czech ambassador issues statement to avoid confusion with Chechnya

Petr Gandalovič issued the statement following the Boston Marathon bombings, saying that he was “concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding”.

The Czech ambassador to the US has moved to clear up any confusion between his country and Chechnya (highlighted).
The Czech ambassador to the US has moved to clear up any confusion between his country and Chechnya (highlighted).
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THE CZECH AMBASSADOR to the US has issued a statement in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to prevent people confusing his country with Chechnya.

Petr Gandalovič issued the statement last night in which he said that he was “deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month.”

He went on to say that he was “concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding” on the origins of the suspected bombers, who were both from Chechnya.

The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.
As the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism.
We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.

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