Slovak PM sparks controversy with statements on Ukraine

January 24,2024 554
Slovak PM sparks controversy with statements on Ukraine

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico stated that in Ukrainian Kyiv, which is systematically attacked by rockets and drones from Russia, there is “absolutely normal life.” The politician made this statement before his visit to Uzhhorod for a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Fico was asked why he would meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Uzhhorod instead of Kyiv. The journalist suggested that in the Ukrainian capital, the Slovak Prime Minister could see the consequences of the war with his own eyes.

“And do you really think there is a war in Kyiv? You’re not serious, I hope… There is absolutely normal life there. Why should I go to Kyiv when I can meet the prime minister in Uzhhorod? I see no difference,” replied Fico.

The Slovak PM said that during the meeting with Shmyhal, he would remind him about the intention to block Ukraine’s accession to NATO in every possible way. “This course is very important to me,” Fico said. The politician referred to Ukraine as a country under the ‘absolute influence of the United States’ and hinted at Russia’s territorial gains.

“There must be some compromise that will be very painful for both sides. And what are they waiting for? That the Russians will leave Crimea, Donbas, and Luhansk? It’s unrealistic,” said Fico.

The Slovak PM has previously repeated Russian propaganda theses. In particular, Fico stated that the West “forbade the Ukrainian political leadership to conclude a ceasefire” with Russia at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, relying on the idea that “by pouring billions and weapons into Ukraine, Ukraine will bring a wounded Russian bear on a platter.”

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