Pellegrini: Slovakia will not oppose sanctions against Russia

The country supports the extension of sanctions due to the conflict in the Sea of Azov.

PM Peter PellegriniPM Peter Pellegrini (Source: SITA)

Slovakia will support the extension of the economic sanctions against Russia adopted on December 13 at the European Council meeting in connection with the current conflict in the Sea of Azov. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said before the discussion that Slovakia will not go against the sanctions.

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“Though we maintain a reserved attitude to the efficiency and impact of sanctions which, it seems, do not have the desired effect, Slovakia will not divert from a unified line and will fully respect and be part of the EU 27 decision as it is to be proposed,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Similar results resulted from the December 13 coordination meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries that took place before the summit.

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Apart from the current conflict between the Ukraine and Russia, EU leaders will discuss Brexit and other foreign policy topics at the two-day summit. They will also deal with the preparations for the February summit between the EU and the Arab League, to be held on February 24 and 25.

In addition, they will also discuss economic topics, including the completion of a single EU market, as well as climate change, migration, disinformation and the fight against racism and xenophobia.

The summit will end with the eurozone meeting, TASR reported.

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