Prime Minister Robert Fico made Slovakia’s position on the invasion of the Crimea peninsula clear yesterday, rejecting the legitimacy of this Sunday’s referendum in Crimea on its annexing to Russia,
Speaking to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Fico noted that the same stance is held by other member states and the European Council. the history of the Crime peninsula is complex, but it became part of Ukraine fully as part of the country’s pledge to decommission its nuclear weapons through the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances.
The memorandum was signed in December 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, guaranteeing Ukraine security chiefly from Russia after the split of the Soviet Union. Russia never fully respected the agreement it signed, and now Crimea, mainly Russian populated, looks set to illegitimately become part of mother Russia again. A civil war could then ensue in Slovakia’s neighbour.