Not, entirely, a huge surprise it should be said:
The US ambassador to the Czech Republic has been banned from Prague Castle, the official residence of the country’s president, in a row over Ukraine.
President Milos Zeman said he had “closed the door” of Prague Castle to Andrew Schapiro, the U.S. ambassador, following comments perceived as critical of the Czech’s decision to attend a World War Two commemoration in Moscow.
A presidential spokesman later clarified the remarks saying the ban would not extend to social events at the castle.
Friend of mine met Zeman in the past few weeks. You know the sort of thing, handshake on a visit? Drunk as a skunk he was: Zeman, not the friend. It’s something of an open secret in CR in fact. Worse than the rumours (entirely unfounded rumours of course) about Livingstone, Geroge Brown and the rest.