NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová in Brussels on Tuesday, July 13, and thanked Slovakia for its contribution to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
“I warmly appreciate that Slovakia has taken its responsibilities in Afghanistan seriously. Of course, the whole mission is difficult – and particularly in the very places where Slovak troops are active,” Rasmussen said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. The two representatives also discussed the new NATO strategy due to be debated at the alliance’s next summit in Lisbon in November, and the system of anti-missile protection within NATO.
Former prime minister Robert Fico told Rasmussen at a meeting last autumn said that he would never agree to the placing of any elements of anti-missile protection on Slovak territory. “The reason why I hadn’t reacted to statements made by the former Slovak premier is that we’ve never asked Slovakia about constructing such a mechanism on its territory. The situation hasn’t changed, but we need Slovakia as support for development of an anti-missile protection system,” Rasmussen said, referring to critical statements made by Fico regarding former plans to base such a system in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Jul 2010 at 14:00