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Slovakia against sending NATO troops to Ukraine, suggests returning capable men home

Slovakia against sending NATO troops to Ukraine, suggests returning capable men home Minister of Defense of Slovakia Robert Kaliňák (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Minister of Defense of Slovakia, Robert Kaliňák, has spoken out against the deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine. As an alternative, he proposed "bringing capable Ukrainians back to their homeland," according to a post on the Facebook page of the SMER - SSD party.

According to him, the deployment of troops from NATO member countries to Ukraine is a "clear red line," crossing which significantly increases the risk of a global conflict.

The minister also added that if Western countries, including the Slovak opposition, "seriously supported Ukraine and victory over Russia, they would call for bringing capable Ukrainians back to their homeland."

"Now is the time to seek peaceful solutions. Only by immediately ceasing hostilities can we prevent further bloodshed and restore Ukraine's sovereignty," Kaliňák stated.

Deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine

Recently, amid active discussions about sending foreign troops to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reminded that Kyiv primarily needed a sufficient amount of ammunition.

Czech President Petr Pavel noted that NATO forces could assist directly on the territory of Ukraine without violating any international rules.

On February 26, a working meeting of about 20 European leaders took place at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Conference participants discussed ways to counter Russia and possible ways to help Ukraine resist the aggressor in the context of the worsening situation on the front lines in recent weeks. In particular, during the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out NATO deploying troops to assist Ukraine. According to him, the main problem was the lack of consensus on this issue.