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Inspired by Orban. Slovak president criticizes Fico's government

Inspired by Orban. Slovak president criticizes Fico's government Zuzana Čaputová, President of Slovakia (photo: Getty Images)

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová criticized judicial reform and the pro-Russian rhetoric of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

According to Čaputová, Fico is "testing the limits of democracy" with judicial reform and attacks on the Constitutional Court. She also compared him to his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban.

"Slovakia is often compared to Hungary today, and it seems obvious that Fico's government takes certain inspiration from Hungary," the president said.

Slovakia's position on Ukraine

Last fall, Slovakia held parliamentary elections that brought Robert Fico and the Course - Social Democracy party to power. Fico promised to end free military support for Ukraine and to block Ukraine's membership in NATO.

Fico has also repeatedly voiced Kremlin talking points and has been known for his pro-Russian rhetoric. In particular, he believes that the war is a "frozen conflict" that allegedly cannot be resolved through military support for Ukraine.

At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna emphasized that Ukraine has no problems with the new Slovak government.

It is worth adding that the Hungarian Prime Minister also takes an anti-Ukrainian position and has repeatedly made statements that discredit our country. For example, in November 2023, he said that Kyiv would not be able to defeat Russia on the battlefield.