Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and President of the Czech Senate Miloš Vystrčil agreed on Friday on the need to intensify cooperation between the two countries also within the Visegrad Group (V4 – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary). They differed in their opinion on helping Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, Vystrčil told reporters on Friday after a morning half-hour meeting with the Slovak prime minister.
Even if, after Fico’s return to power, Slovakia “at this moment” has a different view of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, “the fact that we continue to expand, strengthen and develop Czech-Slovak relations clearly takes precedence over the ambitions of individual politicians”, said Vystrčil.
According to him, Fico confirmed that Slovakia supports Ukraine, supports its claim to territorial integrity, individuality and independence. “On the other hand, he also confirmed the opinion that Slovakia will not supply weapons to Ukraine at this time and that it is in favor of immediate peace negotiations. It turned out that our opinion on this is not the same,” said Vystrčil.
“We will try to give that cooperation a completely concrete content that would make it possible to promote the views of our countries within the European Union in a better way,” said Vystrčil regarding the possibilities of future cooperation in the V4.
Vystrčil would also like to see the foreign ministries of both countries prepare a concept for future cooperation. In this context, the President of the Senate added that Slovakia, like the Czech Republic, supports Romania’s entry into the Schengen area, which the EU is to decide on in December.