At the global security conference Globsec in Bratislava, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico spoke out against a third wave of sanctions against Russia, while also taking a swipe at the lack of solidarity shown by France, as it sold military equipment to Russia, despite the tense relations over the Ukraine crisis.
PM Fico said he is highly skeptical about a third round of sanctions on Russia by the European Union, which would include mostly economic measures. He explained that they would “harm not only the European economy in an exceptional way, but above all the economies of the countries that border Ukraine”.
Fico underlined that Slovakia would conduct itself as a responsible player in respect of Ukraine, but questioned the stance of other countries to the situation. He then pointed to France as an example of how, despite the talk of solidarity, it proceeded in its own economic interests by selling military boats to Russia. He also noted that while everyone is trying to resolve a potential energy crisis in Ukraine, Russian gas giant Gazprom just signed a deal with a “German, French and Italian company” on the construction of the gas transmission line bypassing Ukraine, South Stream.