War in Ukraine enters frozen phase, solution can be seen in peace talks - Slovak Foreign Ministry
Slovakia believes that now is the time for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, and a ceasefire is needed before them
This was stated by Slovak Foreign Minister Juraj Blanár during a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart in Vienna, Ukrinform reports.
"The Slovak Republic sees Russian aggression as a violation of international law, and we are ready to help Ukraine because everyone wants peace, everyone wants democracy for Ukraine, and we all want Ukraine and its territory to be free from shocks," Blanár said.
He said that the front line in Ukraine has become relatively static and "now we can see a solution in peace talks."
"A peaceful solution is always difficult. But we must say that we need a ceasefire before peace talks. Now we see that the conflict in Ukraine has been going on for more than 600 days and has not led to any results. Once again, we support Ukraine. However, we see that the conflict has entered a frozen phase," Blanár said.
According to him, Slovakia will continue to provide assistance to Ukraine, but not in the military sphere. This, for example, concerns the demining of Ukrainian territories, as well as "support for Ukraine through membership in the European Union."
"But we have a slightly different opinion. We recognize that there is no military solution, and we need pressure for peace talks, and we support all peace talks... I repeat that we are in favor of peace talks, whether it is from Ukraine or China. A ceasefire is, of course, our position, the position of the Slovak Republic," the Foreign Minister said.
- On November 22, during a virtual summit of the G20 countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia had never refused to negotiate an end to the war with Ukraine.