Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 5th Anniversary of the Annexation of Crimea
On occasion of the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic declares that the Slovak Republic continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. We perceive the annexation to be a violation of international law and a threat to the security and stability of Europe. One result of this was the increased tension in the Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea in November 2018. Bilaterally and at the relevant international forums, the Slovak Republic will continue in its efforts geared towards the search for a peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine.
Today (15 March 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok. “I am happy that I can welcome my partner and my friend also here, at our Ministry.” We regularly meet in Brussels, but talks like this, in a home country, are always beneficial,” stated Minister Lajčák at the beginning of the meeting. The last time Slovakia was visited by Blok’s predecessor Bert Koenders was during the historical presidency of Slovakia in the Council of the EU, where we comprised the Troika together with the Netherlands and Malta back in June 2016. “Last year, Slovakia and the Netherlands celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and today we are equal partners in the EU and NATO. We share the same democratic values, and it was not such a long time ago that we presided together in the Council of the EU; we have a lot in common with the Netherlands,” underlined the Minister.
Statement of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry on the Remarks of the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament in the TA3 TV Show “Téma dňa” (Theme of the Day)
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MZVEZSR) considers it necessary to state that in the talk show of the TA3 television “Theme of the Day”, the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko, made, most likely due to lack of knowledge, several imprecise statements in his remarks regarding the Defence Cooperation Agreement between the Slovak Republic and the United States of America. Given the above context, we wish to state the facts concerning these individual remarks.
It is for the third time that the European Union and the UN have organized the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukáš Parízek. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, expressed her appreciation for the responsible approach of the European states and countries of the region in the form of humanitarian and post-humanitarian assistance to the inhabitants. 11.7 million people in Syria and 5.6 million refugees in the neighbouring countries and the wider region are in need of help. The international community has repeatedly expressed support for a political solution to the eight-year conflict and for the continuity of help to Syria and the neighboring countries and host communities.
Opportunities for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were the main topic of the talks in Armenia today (13 March 2019) between Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and leading constitutional officials of Armenia. Lajčák introduced the priorities of the Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the OSCE this year to Foreign Affairs Minister Zohrab Mnacakanian, President Armen Sarkissian, Speaker of the Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan, and Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan. He also assured them of the support of Slovakia and the OSCE in the search for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. “We are realistic, and we realize the fragility of the dialogue, but we also have good reason to hope for progress in this process. The work of the Minsk Group co-chairs is fully supported by Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship,” emphasized Lajčák. He further highlighted the activities of his Personal Representative in the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, Andrzej Kasprzyk, as well as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus Rudolf Michalka.