Czechs Refuse Energy Blackmail of Russia and China & Redirect Energy Policy

Jakub Ferencik
4 min readJun 12, 2024

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 was a wake up call to most European Union countries to how authoritarian regimes utilize energy blackmail or trade wars to influence foreign policy.

Since then, many EU nations have made costly — and important — changes to their energy grid in an effort to no longer have to rely on Russia.

Czechia’s Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, has indicated that Czech energy future relies in nuclear as well as renewable in the decades to come in order to curb the influence not only Russia, but also China.

Let me explain what changes they are making and how they are leading the way in relying on more trustworthy partners.

“This is a strategic investment which is absolutely essential … Nuclear power will ensure enough electricity at reasonable prices and it will enable the country to meet international climate goals. It is the only way forward.”

Photo by Jakob Madsen on Unsplash

By the end of August, the Czech government will have an estimate on how many nuclear units will be built in the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Petr Fiala reported at the conference, Czechia on the…

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Jakub Ferencik

Journalist in Prague | Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views