The defense cooperation agreement with the United States does not jeopardize our sovereignty, nor does it imply a fundamental building. This was announced by the chairman of the parliamentary military security committee, Juraj Krúpa (OĽANO), in the RTVS discussion program O minut minut 12. He thinks the agreement will pass the parliament.
Juraj Krúpa (OĽANO) and Matúš Šutaj Eštok (Voice) in a collage of pictures
Matúš Šutaj Eštok, a non-attached MP working in the non-parliamentary Voice-SD, has doubts about the content of the agreement, he is convinced that it is not in accordance with the Constitution of the Slovak Republic. “There is someone in every club who has a problem with that and does not vote,” Krúpa said in connection with the adoption of the agreement in parliament. However, he thinks there will be no problem with his removal.
According to Šutaj Eštok, the deputies working in the Voice will not support the document because doubts have not been dispelled. According to him, it must be clearly stated that it does not undermine our sovereignty or territorial integrity. As stated by Šutaj Eštok, the interpretation clause of the defense agreement is not legally binding. If it were, the American side would have to sign it as well.Read more Remišová: The current government has negotiated a stricter version of the defense agreement
According to Krúpa, President Zuzana Čaputová tried to dispel doubts through an interpretation clause. “The clause explains that there are no bases at stake here and that it does not jeopardize our sovereignty,” he said, adding that part of the public would think for themselves, despite such assurances. “Americans see it as a matter for us to deal with,” he said, adding that several countries have already signed this type of agreement, and we are the only country where it is being dealt with so intensively.
According to Šutaj Eštok, the clause does not solve anything, the president confirmed speculation on the basis that she came with it. “If the contract was clear, there would have to be no interpretative clause,” he said. The opposition MP sees several discrepancies with the constitution, criticizing the head of state for not addressing the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic despite the comments of relevant organizations. He called it the biggest mistake in her work so far. Krupa accused him of not being able to say which article of the constitution violated the treaty.
Šutaj Eštok added that the government of the current Voice-SD leader Petr Pellegrini started negotiating the agreement, but it was never signed. According to him, the material was negotiated and was not accepted due to doubts.
Referendum on the wave of omicron
At the same time, Krúpa reminded that no one profaned the subject of the referendum like the current opposition. Šutaj Eštok reminded him that OĽANO had made a “joke” of this topic, when before the election he was conducting a poll on referendum issues and his boss Igor Matovič came up with proposals for a referendum with several questions.
In connection with the onset of the omicron wave, Krupa said that the government is doing everything possible. He confirmed that the Ministry of Health is preparing emergency medical facilities. He thinks there will be an intense but short wave. Šutaj Eštok hopes that Slovakia will be better prepared than in the first and second waves. Krúpa added that due to the omicron wave, the topic of compulsory vaccination no longer needs to be intensively discussed.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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