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Diplomatic row brewing after Czech President calls US beer “filthy water”

rsz_image_-_american_beerControversial Czech president Milos Zeman has sparked another diplomatic row by eulogising his country’s trademark beverage while insulting US beer as “filthy water.” He made the comments during a presidential business summit in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan.

Asked about which beer is the best in the world by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbaev, Zeman did not hesitate. “We have built several breweries here already. We might make good planes, cars or other products, but most importantly, never forget – Czech beer is the best in the world,” said the 70-year-old President. “No American company that offers some filthy water instead of beer can compete with us.”

This was not even the most outrageous claim Mr Zeman made this week. He used a series of profanities to insult Russian dissident pop band Pussy Riot, argued that Russia has not initiated the conflict in eastern Ukraine, insisted that the West must lift sanctions on Moscow and demanded the world recognise Crimea as part of Russia.

After claiming that police force used to put down pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989 did not constitute a massacre, Zeman was pelted with eggs by a crowd holding red cards in Prague, during last week’s 25-year anniversary of the beginning of the fall of Communism in the country.

These inflammatory statements have seen the President’s popularity slump from 58 to 37 percent in the space of a month, according to Prague’s Median polling firm. Last week’s poll numbers also showed that 71 percent of Czechs now believe that Zeman’s behaviour and public statements are harming the image of the country abroad.

However, TheShout’s Neil Miller can personally confirm that it is true the Czech’s still make very good beer.

Source: RT News (