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Ukrainian and Slovak Prime Ministers meet in Uzhhorod, Ukraine: what agreements they reach

24 January, 2024 Wednesday
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On Wednesday, January 24, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico arrived in Uzhhorod and had already met with his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal. The prime ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation

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The Ukrainian prime minister Denys Shmyhal announced this on telegram.

"Today in Uzhhorod we are meeting with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico," Shmyhal wrote.

It is noted that the agenda of the prime ministers includes a discussion of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Slovakia and support for European initiatives.

"We are looking forward to a constructive and practical dialog," the Prime Minister emphasized.

Later, Shmyhal wrote that despite their divergences, Ukraine intends to form a policy of "new pragmatism" with the Slovak government that will benefit both countries.

"I am confident that today's meeting with Prime Minister Robert Fico will open a new page in our relations," the Ukrainian prime minister emphasized.

Results of the talks

At the end of the meeting with Robert Fico, Denys Shmyhal stated that the two prime ministers had reached an agreement on a number of issues and had concrete agreements.

In particular, the Slovak government will not block Ukraine's purchases of weapons and equipment from Slovak businesses. The two countries will also cooperate on the supply of equipment for the construction of defense lines from a Slovak company.

In addition, Slovakia will support the Ukraine Facility program, which provides for the allocation of EUR 50 billion to Ukraine by the European Union.

"Prime Minister Fico assured me of his full support for Ukraine's European integration aspirations," the Ukrainian Prime Minister emphasized.

He also added that Ukraine and Slovakia would continue "fruitful cooperation for the sake of security and prosperity of our countries."

  • The day before, on January 18, Denys Shmyhal said that Ukraine would meet with Slovak Prime Minister Fico to persuade him to unblock EU funds for the Ukraine Facility project.
  • Later it was reported that Fico would meet with the Ukrainian prime minister in Uzhhorod to state that he was against Ukraine's membership in NATO.
  • On January 23, after another missile attack on Kyiv, Robert Fico said that there was "no war" in the Ukrainian capital and that life was "absolutely normal."
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