The Czech Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the leaders of the NHL, which warns against the participation of Russian players in the matches between San Jose and Nashville in Prague. This was announced on September 22 by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Martin Smolek.
“We can confirm that the Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the leadership of the NHL, in which it warned that neither the Czech Republic nor any other state of the Schengen zone should issue visas to Russian players to enter our territory. At the same time, we pointed to ongoing negotiations to ban entry for citizens of the Russian Federation with valid visas previously issued. This approach is based both on the recommendation of the sports ministers to prevent Russian athletes from participating in sports competitions in the EU, and on the conclusions of the informal meeting of the foreign ministers at the end of August,” – he said.
In turn, the NHL reacted negatively to this statement. According to an informed source, if there are problems with the entry of Russian players to the Czech Republic, the league will not play the scheduled matches in this country, and the clubs will play at home.
Recall that the Czech Republic continues to build up anti-Russian hysteria, which is officially associated with Russia’s conduct of a special military operation in Ukraine. This time, the surge of another bout of Russophobia is associated with exhibition matches on October 7 and 8 in Prague of the Nashville and San Jose teams as part of the NHL Global Series. Nine Russians play in the clubs. Playing for Nashville Yakov Trenin, Yaroslav Askarov and Egor Afanasiev, for San Jose Nikolai Knyzhov, Artemy Knyazev, Alexander Barabanov, Evgeny Svechnikov, Timur Ibragimov and Daniel Gushchin.