Slovakia’s new populist Prime Minister Robert Fico stated Thursday that his authorities was stopping navy assist to Ukraine.
Fico advised MPs that the nation would “now not provide weapons to Ukraine,” repeating guarantees made throughout his election marketing campaign, however would nonetheless provide humanitarian assist to its war-torn neighbor.
“I’ll assist zero navy assist to Ukraine… An instantaneous halt to navy operations is the perfect resolution now we have for Ukraine. The EU ought to change from an arms provider to a peacemaker,” he added.
Fico — who will attend the EU summit in Brussels Thursday — additionally expressed opposition to sanctions towards Russia.
“I can’t vote for any sanctions towards Russia until we see analyses of their impression on Slovakia,” he stated.
“If there are to be such sanctions that may hurt us, like most sanctions have, I can see no motive to assist them.”
Fico spoke a day after his three-party coalition authorities was appointed.
It contains Fico’s left-wing Smer-SD, the far-right and pro-Russia SNS, and Hlas-SD, a breakaway occasion from Smer.
Smer-SD received final month’s basic vote on pledges to finish navy assist for Ukraine, elevating considerations about cracks in Western assist for Kyiv.
Following his occasion’s victory, Fico stated, “the individuals in Slovakia have greater issues than (coping with) Ukraine” and known as for peace talks as “additional killing won’t assist anybody.”
Coalition associate SNS shares Fico’s staunch anti-refugee rhetoric and populist leanings.
Its pro-Russian chairman and former parliamentary speaker Andrej Danko stated in July that Russian-occupied territories weren’t “traditionally Ukrainian.”
He’s notorious for shaking palms with Russian President Vladimir Putin, taking a selfie with Russian State Duma Chair Vyacheslav Volodin, and addressing Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov as “my expensive pal.”