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In Slovakia, there is a desire to review the agreement on defense cooperation with the United States

28 Oct, 2023
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In Slovakia, there is a desire to review the agreement on defense cooperation with the United States

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Slovakia intends to renegotiate the defense agreement with the United States on more favorable terms. The country's Defense Minister, Robert Kalinak, made this statement during a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador, Gautam Rana, as reported by Aktuality.

Kalinak expressed his satisfaction with the consensus that dialogue is a path to mutual prosperity. He stated:

"We had an extensive discussion with U.S. Ambassador Rana about security challenges and issues of common interest to both countries. The meeting showed us that we respect each other's opinions and can listen to and consider each other's demands without bias."

At the same time, Kalinak mentioned that Slovakia would not send new batches of ammunition from its depots to Ukraine. He emphasized that the new Slovak government values good relations with Western partners but does not resemble "previous servile governments."

He added:

"We are grateful for constructive conversation and cooperation, but only on mutually beneficial terms."

According to the minister, Slovakia's foreign and defense policies have suffered setback after setback.

"Among the most significant setbacks is undoubtedly the poorly formulated defense cooperation agreement and the predictable distribution of military equipment and ammunition, which are absolutely essential for Slovakia," stated Kalinak.

In Kalinak's view, for a relatively small country like Slovakia, good relations with partners, membership in international organizations, and the resulting obligations are vital. He emphasized that effective cooperation not only ensures the defense of the country but also creates new opportunities for economic growth

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