Czech government withdraws treaties committing the country to the US’ missile defence shield from parliament [EN]March 18, 2009 – 8:59 pm
The scheme is very controversial and the centre-right government has only a slim majority in parliament, which was due to vote on the treaties on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek insisted the withdrawal was temporary. But doubts hang over the whole project, with US President Barack Obama refusing to commit to it.
The Czech government has invested much political capital in the project, which would rely on a radar station based on Czech soil. The opposition is against Czech participation in the scheme.
BBC News: Czechs halt US missile treaties