As the tense situation in the east of Ukraine ignites further, with Russian troops now a mere kilometre from the Ukrainian border, Slovakia could see itself host to NATO troops as Ukraine’s western neighbour and the frontier of the Schengen area and the European Union, despite President Ivan Gasparovic’s dismissal of the idea on Wednesday 23 April at a NATO Security Council meeting.
Despite the critical situation across Slovakia’s border, outgoing President Gasparovic said he saw no threat of a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and that Slovakia should also take care not to harm its own interests.
A different opinion is held by head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Frantisek Sebej, who is calling for increased security in light of the escalating situation, including the option of NATO troops being stationed here.
Meanwhile, Slovakia’s gas transmission operator Eustream should sign a memorandum with its Ukrainian counterpart Ukrtransgaz on Monday, concerning the reverse flow of gas supplies from west to east for Ukraine. The signing of the memorandum was postponed as the Ukrainian side was hoping to use the main transmission artery, while Slovakia is claiming it can’t due to an agreement with Russian gas giant Gazprom.