Slovak Deputy PM calls personal statement on Crimean sanctions against Russia "personal opinion"
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Slovakia Richard Sulik called "personal opinion" his words that "the Russians will not return Crimea."
He said this in a comment to Radio Svoboda.
Sulik said that his Freedom and Solidarity party condemned Russia's occupation of Crimea.
"We never recognize the forced change of borders and support Ukraine's diplomatic efforts to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity", - Sulik said.
He reiterated his message that some exporters from Slovakia had suffered from anti-Russian sanctions.
"My opinion was about the economic effect (anti-Russian sanctions - ed.). I never doubted the political effect of trade sanctions", - Sulik said.
What is known
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Slovakia Richard Sulik expressed the opinion that "the Russians will not return Crimea" and the imposed sanctions "harm the economy of Slovakia."
- Following the Crimean Platform summit in Kyiv on August 23, Slovakia, along with other participants, signed a Declaration calling for the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders. Summit participants said that "Russia will not be able to legitimize the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol".
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