Slovakia will not give Ukraine €40 million in military aid, including 140 missiles for Kub air defense system
The Slovak government has taken a course in which it no longer gives weapons for free, but does not interfere with commercial supplies
Defense Express writes about it.
During its meeting on November 8, 2023, the Slovak government rejected the decision to transfer the 14th military aid package to Ukraine worth 40 million euros, which was being prepared by the previous government.
Defense Express clarifies that this package was supposed to include 4 million rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 5,172 shells for 125 mm tank guns, eight mortars and 1,200 mines, and 140 anti-aircraft missiles for the Kub air defense system. This was reported by the Slovak state agency TARS.
The publication recalls that during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the previous Slovak government managed to provide 13 military aid packages worth a total of EUR 671 million. It should also be added that Slovakia was one of the first NATO countries to provide fighter jets and helicopters, air defense systems, and other important equipment to the warring Ukraine.
TARS reminds that the decision to block the 14th package of free military aid for Ukraine was made because of the position of the new head of the Slovak government, Robert Fico, who promised to literally "not give a single bullet to our country (Ukraine - ed.) anymore."
“At the same time, odious Fico did not interfere with Ukraine's existing commercial defense contracts with Slovakia, saying that "if a company wants to produce weapons and deliver them somewhere, of course, no one will stop it," the report notes.
Defense Express believes that the most specific item in the list of blocked aid to Ukraine from Slovakia is 140 anti-aircraft missiles for the Kub complex. After all, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have already hinted twice that they have received this type of SAM, and Slovakia was one of the suppliers.