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Czech Prime Minister criticizes Slovakia amid Ukraine aid scandal

Czech Prime Minister criticizes Slovakia amid Ukraine aid scandal Prime Minister of Czechia Petr Fiala (Getty Images)

Prime Minister of Czechia, Petr Fiala, criticized the decision of Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová to oppose the Ministry of Defense to send a new military aid package to Ukraine, according to Radio Prague International.

"I hope it won't be impolite if I say that I do not consider Slovakia's actions a success," Fiala said.

He notes that Ukraine needs immediate assistance because it is fighting not only for its independence but also for peace in Europe.

"Therefore, we must use all possible opportunities to help Ukraine," the head of the Czech government stated.

A scandal over aid to Ukraine

Recently, media reported that Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová had halted the plan to send another military aid package to Ukraine. However, later, the TV channel Spravy RTVS reported that Čaputová rejected the claim she would oppose the Ministry of Defense to provide another military aid to Ukraine.

On October 5, Čaputová stated that Slovakia should continue to provide military aid to Ukraine because it affects the security of both countries.

Elections in Slovakia

Local elections took place in Slovakia on September 30. The anti-Ukrainian party Smer-SD, led by former Prime Minister Robert Fico, received the most votes.

After the elections, former Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini also drastically changed his stance on military aid to Ukraine, stating that Slovakia "has nothing more to send" to Kyiv.

Why the elections in Slovakia are important for Ukraine - read in the RBC-Ukraine article.