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Ukraine's Foreign Minister meets with his new Slovakian counterpart for first time

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 21:34
Ukraine's Foreign Minister meets with his new Slovakian counterpart for first time
Dmytro Kuleba. Photo: Kuleba's Twitter

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who is currently on a two-day visit to Brussels, has held his first meeting with the newly appointed Slovak Foreign Minister Juraj Blanár on Tuesday, 28 November.

Source: Kuleba on Twitter, as cited by European Pravda

Details: Kuleba described the meeting with his Slovak counterpart as "constructive" and expressed gratitude for Slovakia's unequivocal support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.


"It is also important that Slovakia will continue to participate in the joint work on [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula and is ready to support the European Commission's decision on December to open accession talks with Ukraine," the minister added.

The Ukrainian senior diplomat further expressed gratitude to his Slovakian counterpart for confirming that cooperation in the defence industry between the two countries will continue and that the repair hub in Slovakia will stay up and running.

Before being appointed to the post of Slovak Foreign Minister, Juraj Blanár had been known for his remarks that Ukraine's leaders "kept silent about extreme Ukrainian nationalism". He claimed that the 2014 Revolution of Dignity "led to the fragmentation of Ukraine and civil war".

Blanár serves as a minister in the new government of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, formed in October. Upon his appointment, Fico confirmed that he would not support military aid to Ukraine. The prime minister also opposes EU sanctions against Russia and seeks to block Ukraine's accession to NATO.

However, the Slovak PM vowed not to block humanitarian and, under certain conditions, financial aid to Ukraine and private supplies of Slovak weapons.

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