Copyright © 2021 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Media: Slovakia to end military assistance to Ukraine

Robert Fico
Robert Fico meets his supporters in Bratislava after the parliamentary elections in Slovakia. Credit: EPA-EFE/Martin Divisek.
Media: Slovakia to end military assistance to Ukraine

Bratislava will stop supplying Ukraine with weapons, limiting its support for its neighbor to “humanitarian and civilian aid,” Slovakia’s new Prime Minister, Robert Fico, has announced, as per Euronews.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, Slovakia has supported Kyiv, donating arms and opening its borders to refugees fleeing the war.

On 25 October, the pro-Russian leader of the SMER party, Robert Fico, was appointed as the new prime minister of Slovakia. During his election campaign in 2023, Fico made anti-Ukrainian statements numerous times. Officials who did not support Ukraine were appointed to key positions in the new Slovak government.

Pro-Russian politician takes office as Slovakia’s PM

Newly appointed Slovakia’s Foreign Minister, Yuri Blanar, for instance, called the Russian aggression against Ukraine “a conflict between Russia and the United States,” claimed that Ukraine was “fighting against its own people,” and opposed the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

In new statements to MEPs, Fico said, “The war in Ukraine is not ours, we have nothing to do with it.”

“We see aid to Ukraine solely as humanitarian and civilian aid, and we will no longer supply Ukraine with arms”, he claimed, the day after his appointment as head of a coalition government that includes a pro-Russian far-right party.

He also announced that he would not support new sanctions against Russia “until we have analyzed their impact on Slovakia.”

“If such sanctions are going to harm us, as is the case with most sanctions, I see no reason to support them”, Fico added.

Related:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Related Posts