Československá diplomacie a řecko-turecká válka 1920–1922
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CZECHOSLOVAK DIPLOMACY AND THE GREEK-TURKISH WAR 1920-1922
The attempt to implement the Sevres Peace Treaty, which ultimately led to a war between Greece and Turkey, had also its consequences for the remote Czechoslovak Republic. Czechoslovakia as a signatory to the Treaty was naturally interested in its implementation. Therefore, the resistance of the Turkish nationalists (known as Kemalists) was an undesired complication. As a result, Czechoslovakia showed sympathy with Greek's intervention in Minor Asia. However, the attitude to Greece soon changed, as did the political evolution in that country. Sympathy was replaced by reservation, dictated not only by the policy of the Great Powers, but also by the policy of Czechoslovakia's most important Balkan ally, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. At a later stage of the war, Czechoslovak diplomacy faced the Greek government's efforts of rapprochement with the Little Entente countries hoping to break its isolation and obtain support for its efforts. Of course, Czechoslovakia showed no interest in such rapprochement, as this would divert the Little Entente's focus from Central Europe, which was the main area of interest of the Czechoslovak government. By no means, however, the reserved attitude to Greece can be regarded as a sign of sympathy to the other belligerent party. Although Czechoslovakia's diplomacy allowed the Kemalists to purchase military material in Czechoslovak munition-works, and as the Greek military campaign more and more failed, Czechoslovakia consented to a revision of the Sevres Peace Treaty and politically opposed the Kemalists much more than the position of Greece.
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