Slovakia’s new leader says he wants to act independently of the EU and NATO

07.04.2024, Bratislava.

Slovakia will remain a member of the European Union and NATO, but will prefer to act more independently in decision-making than before. This was stated by the new Slovak President Peter Pellegrini on the air of RTVS TV channel on April 7.

Pellegrini won the presidential election. Previously, he was prime minister of the country, from 2018 to 2020. The politician represents the interests of the Voice for Social Democracy party.

I can guarantee all Slovak citizens that the republic is firmly anchored in the European Union and NATO. No one can change the course of our foreign policy, but I confirm that in these organizations we must act more independently, we need to make our voice heard,” Pellegrini said.

The president went on to explain that in order for Slovakia’s voice to be heard in the European Union and NATO, it is necessary to oppose the adoption of those projects that go against the country’s national interests.

Pellegrini beat his rival, former Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korczok, with 53.12% of the vote. The new president promised that he would not send Slovak soldiers to Ukraine, he condemned the sponsorship of Kiev and the transfer of weapons and military equipment to it.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency