The Slovak government will, from now on, focus solely on providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine – and will no longer deliver weapons to the country’s army. This is explicitly intended to promote a ceasefire and peace talks.
– I will support zero military aid to Ukraine… An immediate halt to military operations is the best solution we have for Ukraine. The EU should change from an arms supplier to a peacemaker, says the country’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Robert Fico.
Fico announces that no more Slovak weapons will be sent to the Ukrainian military – instead, the focus will be entirely on purely humanitarian efforts.
The discontinuation of weapon deliveries is not viewed favorably by politicians and mainstream media in the West. In Swedish mass media, Fico is accused of being “pro-Russian”, a “populist”, and is compared to the much-disliked (amongst left-liberals and EU powerholders) Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.
For example, the news service Omni, to which many Swedish newspapers often turn for foreign news, chose the headline “Slovakia’s government stops support for Ukraine” – even though humanitarian aid is still being provided.