On Friday, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger expressed his conviction that democratic countries must not be intimidated by Russia and must provide maximum assistance to Ukraine, which has been resisting Russian aggression for more than 50 days. He said this during a Friday appearance on the American news television CNN.
Eduard Heger during a visit to the Ukrainian city of Bucha near Kiev on April 8, 2022.
In a short interview, which took place in English, Heger spoke about the S-300 air defense system, which Slovakia donated to Kiev, as well as the possible provision of MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine, or other forms of Slovak assistance to Ukraine, and efforts to reduce Slovakia’s dependence on supplies. energy raw materials from Russia.
“We know that Russia is really trying to break the unity we have in the democratic world, and we cannot accept that. We should not be afraid, we should be brave and face the threat and help Ukraine as much as possible, “said Heger on CNN’s Hala Gorani Tonight, moderated by editor Hala Gorani.
He thus responded to a question from this CNN editor, which concerned a diplomatic note on media in Friday, in which Moscow warned the US that further armament of Ukraine could have “unpredictable” security consequences.
He expressed confidence that supplies of aid to Kiev were beginning to bear fruit in the form of the Ukrainian military’s success in some areas.
Asked about the possible delivery of MiG-29 fighters to Kiev, Heger said that Slovakia closely coordinates its forms of military assistance with the Ukrainian army and responds to its current needs. According to him, Ukraine is not currently asking for these aircraft, but rather requires help in repairing military equipment.
According to Heger, the delivery of the S-300 system was a clear request from the Ukrainian party, which, according to the Slovak Prime Minister, is also interested in purchasing Zuzana howitzers, which, according to him, is already being negotiated.Read more Heger’s Transformation into a Statesman: Coincidence or Political Goal?
One of CNN editor Hali Gorani’s questions also concerned efforts to reduce Slovakia’s dependence on Russian gas and oil supplies. According to Heger, the Government of the Slovak Republic, in cooperation with its partners, is working very intensively to ensure alternative methods of supplying energy raw materials.
“It’s definitely a matter of months and maybe years,” Heger said, asking how long it might take to secure alternative supplies. He regretted that no major efforts had been made in this direction in the past.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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