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Slovakia states it won't terminate military contracts with Ukraine

Slovakia states it won't terminate military contracts with Ukraine Slovak Parliament Speaker Peter Pellegrini (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Slovakia will continue to implement private contracts in the military sphere. However, the country will not send military aid from its army, according to the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament and leader of the Voice coalition party Peter Pellegrini.

Pellegrini, who is running for the presidency of Slovakia, made the statement yesterday, January 23, during a meeting with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Mecola.

He stated that Slovakia's attitude toward Ukraine should be assessed by facts, not by statements of individual politicians. Pellegrini reminded that the country continues to provide humanitarian aid and technical support to Ukraine, particularly in demining. He also talked about supplies through the country's Ministry of Health.

Pellegrini added that Slovakia would not terminate private military contracts with Ukraine. He reminded that ammunition for Ukraine was also produced at semi-state enterprises and that the facilities in eastern Slovakia, where damaged Ukrainian military equipment is being repaired at the initiative of Germany, would not be destroyed.

However, the speaker of the parliament emphasized that Slovakia would no longer provide military aid from its defense warehouses. However, according to him, this does not mean that Slovakia is turning its back on Ukraine.

Slovakia's attitude to Russia's war against Ukraine

Slovakia has been providing military assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale war. In particular, the country provided Zuzana with 2 self-propelled guns.

However, last year, Slovakia's rhetoric changed dramatically when Robert Fico took over the government. The politician supports Hungary's position on reducing aid to Ukraine. Fico also announced the withdrawal of military aid to Ukraine.

Today, January 24, Robert Fico is to meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. The meeting will take place in Uzhhorod, as Fico did not want to go to Kyiv.