As expected, the SNS is up in arms at the proposal announced yesterday by defence minister Lubomir Galko to allow Hungarian fighter jets to fly over Slovak airspace or any other kind of military co-operation with ‘the Magyars’ south of the border.
SNS chairman Jan Slota called the very idea of such co-operation “sick”, saying that it is an attempt to dismantle Slovakia’s defence capabilities. His party will therefore motion a vote of no confidence in Galko should the proposal be pushed through, reports TASR newswire.
Slota said Galko should give up the idea altogether and return to his job in a hypermarket, indicating that he is more suited to that job than defending Slovakia. Slota feels that Galko is undermining the importance of protecting Slovak airspace, while pointing to what he called “tense relations” between Slovakia and Hungary.
Slota also made reference to how Hungary was playing with the idea of ignoring the Treaty of Trianon, which in 1920 set out the borders of Slovakia and other countries surrounding Hungary after World War I.
Slota finds the whole idea of letting Hungary be involved in Slovakia’s internal affairs alarming, backing his argument with the recent comments made by the Hungarian parliamentary chairman Lazslo Kover that military action against Slovakia was feasible if necessary.