Making a public announcement today regarding the comments of his Hungarian counterpart Laszlo Kover, Slovak parliamentary chairman Richard Sulik hit back at the ‘war talk’ on potential military attacks.
Sulik declared that “the mere threat of some military intervention or its implication has no place in the vocabulary of amicable neighbours”. He was reacting to comments made in an interview with Kover in Czech daily Hospodarske Noviny, where he implied that the current government in Hungary was capable of considering a military attack on Slovakia.
Sulik retorted that comments like that belong to the 19th century and were only designed to distract attention from “Hungary’s international isolation” caused by its Hungarian expansion policy. Sulik pointed to the Good Neighbours Agreement between the two countries and their mutual involvement in the EU and NATO, saying comments like Kover’s were senseless and only produced tension.
Using sharper rhetoric, Sulik then challenged Kover to approach the allies who won World War I if he wanted to change the Treaty of Trianon, also referring to Kover’s claim that Hungary would formally be entitled to use military force as Slovakia had breached its territory when building the Gabcikovo dam. Klover had also said that Slovakia only existed thanks to the Treaty of Trianon.