Russians allegedly sent weapons via Slovakia without reporting it to the authorities

The respective authorities reportedly only received the information about the transport of vehicles.

Illustrative stock photoIllustrative stock photo(Source: AP/TASR)

Slovakia reportedly helped Russia strengthen its military base in Serbia, but the country has not owned up to it, the Sme daily wrote.

Slovakia did not deny that it granted Russian company Aviacon Zitotrans permission to fly through the country. However, the respective authorities claim they did not know about the presence of 10 Russian armoured patrol vehicles onboard.

The transport of military material is banned by the sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia following the 2014 annexation of Crimea. Slovakia has supported the sanctions, Sme wrote.

No chance to find out about weapons, ministry says

PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) has not commented on the case. His press department told Sme to contact the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The ministry recommended contacting the Transport Ministry, which issued the permit.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovak wines do great abroad, but inspectors see them as unfit at home

Slovak legislation does not recognise orange and cloudy wines. As a result, inspectors remove them from the shelves of stores in Slovakia.

Michelin-starred restaurants buy Slovak wines while inspectors in Slovakia remove some of them from the shelves of stores

This is not even the end of the beginning

Somehow Boris Johnson sold himself as the least tiresome.

The UK is like a flatmate who promised to move out, but just never leaves. In the meantime, they keep stealing beer from the refrigerator while complaining about how it tastes.

Economy minister: A gas crisis may come after the New Year

Slovakia will probably have to use all measures possible to secure supplies.

Gas storage facility in Gajary.

Tragedy in Prešov and bad news for Kočner from the U.S.

It’s less than three months before the general election and the chairmen of two major parties are facing criminal prosecution.