extra army help for Ukraine – EU state’s new PM

44 extra army help for Ukraine – EU state’s new PM

Slovakia’s Robert Fico has additionally vowed to not help any anti-Russia sanctions with out analyzing their influence

Slovakia’s new prime minster, Robert Fico, has pledged to finish army help for Ukraine in its battle with Russia, and to push for a direct cessation of hostilities. He additionally vowed to not again additional sanctions on Moscow in the event that they find yourself harming his nation.

Talking at a gathering of the parliamentary committee for European affairs on Thursday, Fico acknowledged that “as prime minister, I’ll help zero army help to Ukraine,” explaining that the place of his authorities is that “the quick cessation of army operations is the very best answer we’ve got for Ukraine.”

Fico urged the EU to rework itself from “an arms provider to a peacemaker,” insisting that Ukraine and Russia can be higher off negotiating peace for the subsequent ten years moderately than killing one another’s residents with none outcomes.

He additionally identified that the opportunity of Russia withdrawing from its newly included territories, i.e. the Crimean peninsula, the Donbass republics and the Kherson and Zaporozhye areas, was unrealistic – and that it was naive to count on to nook a nuclear state utilizing typical weapons.

The brand new premier additionally acknowledged that in his upcoming two-day go to to Brussels to participate in an EU summit targeted on the Ukraine battle, he would reject any proposals for additional anti-Russia sanctions proposed by the Baltic nations except there’s a detailed evaluation of the hurt such restrictions may have on Slovakia. “If the sanctions are to be such that they’ll hurt us, then I see no purpose to help them,” he mentioned.

Fico, who took workplace on Wednesday, additionally reiterated his place that the battle in Ukraine was in the end attributable to the assaults of “Ukrainian fascists on the civilian inhabitants of Russian nationality.”

Since Russia launched its army operation in Ukraine in February 2022, Slovakia had been one in every of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters, sending army provides and selling anti-Russia sanctions.

Nevertheless, the nation formally halted any army help to Ukraine earlier this month after Fico’s Slovak Social Democracy (SMER-SD) occasion secured victory in Slovakia’ parliamentary elections in September. 

His occasion has vowed to not ship “a single spherical [of ammunition] for Ukraine” and has opposed the continued escalation of tensions in relations with Russia.

“Slovakia and the folks of Slovakia have larger issues than Ukraine,” Fico introduced after his occasion’s victory, including that Bratislava would solely think about providing Ukraine humanitarian help.

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