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Slovak Prime Minister ‘flabbergasts’ Russians: no one is going to abandon sanctions against Russia

In Moscow, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said that the government supported the European Union's common position regarding sanctions against Russia.

Slovak Prime Minister flabbergasts Russians: no one is going to abandon sanctions against Russia

In Moscow, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said that he supported the common position of the European Union regarding the sanctions against Russia. He stated this at a press conference in the capital of Russia after the talks with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Joinfo.ua reports.

"The Slovak Republic is a member of the EU, and we support a unified position on what concerns the situation in Ukraine. We support the unity of the position, but as a sovereign state we reserve the right to defend our national interests, without disrupting this unity and common position of the European Union," Fico said.

He said that Slovakia wanted to see Ukraine as a functional and stable country.

"We do not want Ukraine to become the new Libya or Iraq, because it is our immediate neighbor. The length of our borders is 98 km," he stressed.

Fico explained that the Slovak government had always considered the European sanctions against Russia as a tool, not as a political decision.

He added that the implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk regarding the resolution of the situation in the Donbas was very important to Bratislava.

It should be noted that before his visit to Moscow, Robert Fico held a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. During the conversation, he assured the Ukrainian leader in preserving the volume of "reverse" gas supplies and further support of anti-Russian sanctions.