After recently taking office, Robert Fico, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, reiterated his campaign position of no longer supplying weapons to Ukraine. Although Slovakia will continue to send civilian goods to its neighboring country and support it in every way, this excludes the supply of arms, according to a statement made by Fico, which was adopted by the Europe Committee of the newly elected Parliament in Bratislava on Thursday. However, this decision has no legal character. “As prime minister, I am in favor of zero arms aid to Ukraine,” Fico said, according to the TASR news agency. Despite this, Slovak companies are still allowed to sell weapons to Ukraine, which is under attack from Russia.
Historical context of support
To date, Slovakia has been considered one of Ukraine’s most consistent military supporters. Shortly after the outbreak of war last year, it gave Ukraine its own air defense missile system and later its MiG-29 fighter jets. Since then, Slovakia’s airspace is no longer monitored by the national air force, but by NATO allies, including Germany. Slovakia also supplied tanks and ammunition.
Robert Fico also rejects military aid to Ukraine at the EU level. Instead of constant fighting, long-term peace negotiations should take place, reports “Ukrainska Pravda“.
attitude towards Russia
Fico also noted that Russia has recorded more territorial successes than Ukraine in the current phase of the war. The Kyiv Independent further reports that Fico opposes EU sanctions on Russia without examining their impact on EU member states. A decisive course that is likely to cause debate in the EU.