Slovakia warms up to Russia despite strong EU orientation

  • Daniela Tkadlečková
  • 8.12.2017 20:55

A speech by the Slovak Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko in the Russian State Duma on 15 November, in which he expressed support for a strong Russia, raised questions among Slovakia's European allies. However, the same day Slovak President Andrej Kiska delivered a speech in the European Parliament where he confirmed the country's full devotion to the European Union and its values, even to the detriment of V4 cooperation. 

While President Kiska criticised Russia's long-lasting disinformation campaigns and propaganda, Danko praised its "Slavic unity" and stressed a strong Russia is needed to secure global peace. Whether Danko expressed his personal views or evoked the pro-Russian spirit for the sake of Slovakia's economic interests, the speech highlighted Slovak representatives hold different approaches towards the West and Russia at a time when Europe is facing common threats. However, the fact that Slovakia joined the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and is leading its artillery support project keeps the country's official political path closer to the West.

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