The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a protest note to the Russian Embassy, calling for the participation of the Russian and Belarusian ambassadors in the celebrations of the Slovak national uprising organized by the former Prime Minister and now head of the opposition Robert Fico.
Official celebrations of the Slovak National Uprising, an unsuccessful revolt against fascist rule in 1944, were traditionally held in Banská Bystrica – the birthplace of the uprising. The government, however, decided not to participate in the public for safety reasons.
This was heavily criticized by Fico, who held their own event. French and Czech ambassadors were also invited, but declined to participate.
Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok quickly declared that “the action of the Russian diplomat is absolutely contrary to the fundamental principles of non-interference by a foreign diplomat in the internal politics of Slovakia”.
“It is outrageous that Smer has stood up as one man behind the official representative of a state that is waging a brutal war against our neighbour,” Korčok said of Fico’s party, Smer, which governed Slovakia from 2006 to 2010 and then from 2012 to 2018.
“Smer is now definitely and officially, not just verbally, on the side of the aggressor and supports him in the war against Ukraine,” Korčok added.
Fico urged people to remember the uprising, but also said the legacy of the participants had not materialized. He also believes that the economic sanctions against Russia must be canceled because they harm the EU and Slovakia.