“Russian NHL players will not receive new visas to Prague, but the existing ones will be accepted as a basis for entry into the republic that satisfies the Czech authorities,” Lipavsky is quoted by Mlada Fronta Dnes.

As part of the Global Series in Prague on October 7 and 8, the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators will meet.

The Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed that it had sent a letter to the leadership of the NHL, in which it warned that the country would not allow Russian players on its territory.

Alexander Barabanov, Artemy Knyazev, Danil Gushchin, Timur Ibragimov and Evgeny Svechnikov play in San Jose.

In Nashville - Yakov Trenin, Yaroslav Askarov and Yegor Afanasiev.

Earlier, San Jose said that the team would not go to the match in Prague if the Russians were suspended.