Ukraine into NATO is ‘foundation for World Battle Three’ – member state

36 Ukraine into NATO is ‘foundation for World Battle Three’ – member state

Slovakia will veto a bid by Ukraine to hitch NATO ought to one ever materialize, Prime Minister Robert Fico says

Bratislava will block Kiev’s bid to hitch the US-led NATO alliance and can stand by a call to cease supplying weaponry to Ukraine amid its battle with Russia, Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico has mentioned.

The PM made the remarks on Saturday forward of his go to to Ukraine to fulfill his counterpart Denis Shmygal within the western Ukrainian metropolis of Uzhgorod. Fico confused that his go to serves solely “humanitarian” functions and promised to overtly talk Bratislava’s stance to Kiev on totally different points, together with Ukraine’s potential accession to EU or NATO membership.

“I’ll inform him that there are issues on which we now have fully totally different opinions,” Fico instructed broadcaster RTVS. “I’ll inform him that we respect them in relation to becoming a member of the EU, however they need to fulfill the circumstances,” he added, explaining {that a} state of affairs the place “a rustic that completely doesn’t meet any necessities” joins the EU is unacceptable.

He dominated out any risk of Ukraine becoming a member of NATO, insisting such a transfer would solely end in a worldwide disaster, apparently attributable to a direct collision between NATO and Russia over the difficulty.

I’ll inform him that I’ll veto and block [a NATO bid by Ukraine] as a result of that’s precisely the premise of the third world struggle and nothing else.

Fico additionally promised to reiterate to Shmygal his election marketing campaign pledge to cease offering Kiev with weaponry, stating that the choice stays in drive. Nonetheless, the weapons restriction applies solely to state-sponsored navy support to Ukraine and provides coming from Slovak navy shares, whereas arms producers are free to promote to the nation no matter they like, he famous.

“When Slovak firms don’t generate income, American ones will,” Fico famous.

Previous to Fico assuming workplace following his celebration’s electoral victory in September, Slovakia had been amongst Kiev’s prime supporters, lavishly supplying it with refined weaponry, together with warplanes and anti-aircraft techniques. The coverage of the earlier authorities has additionally left the nation’s personal protection posture badly broken, new Protection Minister Robert Kalinak claimed earlier this week.

“The previous authorities left us with out our personal anti-aircraft defenses, with out fight aviation, and we don’t even have the promised 700 million for MiGs, which the federal government additionally handed over to Ukraine,” Kalinak instructed the Commonplace newspaper.

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