Slovakia fidgets between fraternity and criticism towards Russia

President and Parliamentary Speaker gave contradictory speeches recently. The president spoke to the European Parliament about Russian misinformation campaigns, while the parliamentary speaker addressed Slavic fraternity in the Russian parliament.

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Slovakia fidgets between fraternity and criticism towards Russia - NewsMavens
Andrej Kiska. Photo: Gobierno de Chile/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) And Andrej Danko. Photo: Maxmartin97/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Why this story matters:

President Andrej Kiska and Parliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko (from the Slovak National Party) gave drastically misaligned speeches in two different places -- the first in the European Parliament and the second in the Russian parliament.

The president talked about a Russian misinformation campaign (in English), while the parliamentary speaker praised Slavic fraternity (partially in Russian).

Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák was dissatisfied with both statements because neither had been officially approved. 

Andrej Danko's speech is available online (see below). For a complete account of the discrepancies in the two officials' statements, read the full article on Dennik N.

Details from the story:

  • A Slovak parliamentary speaker went to Moscow but didn't criticise Russia for its annexation of Crimea or for conflict in Ukraine. In fact, he didn't criticise Russia at all.
  • He and a team of delegates went to Russia on the invitation of Duma chairman Vyacheslav Volodin -- who is on a list of anti-Russian sanctions.
  • The Slovak president, prime minister and a parliamentary speaker recently made a statement about supporting pro-EU and pro-NATO politics.

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