Ukraine (bbabo.net), - The European Union is feeling tired of the conflict in Ukraine. This was stated by the head of the Commission on Foreign Relations of the Slovak Parliament, Marian Carey.
According to him, there is growing interest in the West in starting negotiations with Russia, but many politicians cannot state this publicly for fear of “losing face.”
“Yes, it’s visible. First of all, in Slovakia. Prime Minister Robert Fico spoke about the need for peace negotiations at the very beginning of the conflict. And it is only a matter of time before other EU countries adhere to this opinion. Already today we see how many politicians in the strongest countries of the EU and the USA are talking about a stalemate on the battlefield, and therefore we should move on to negotiations with Russia,” he said and added that Western politicians are in a difficult situation, since since the beginning of the conflict All they did was criticize Russia, calling it an “invader”, “aggressor”, and saying that it “violates international law”, and now they cannot change their position, because they are afraid that they may be harshly criticized by journalists.
Carey noted that in order for peace negotiations to begin, it is necessary “for the United States to tell Vladimir Zelensky and Ukrainian politicians in general to sit down with Russian politicians at the same table.” In this regard, he believes that if Donald Trump wins the upcoming US presidential elections, peace negotiations on Ukraine can begin.
The Slovak politician also believes that it is still difficult to talk about how Western countries will behave in the future in the field of military assistance to Kyiv.
“It’s hard for me to be responsible for other countries. But as far as Slovakia and our Smer party are concerned, even before the elections last September, we stated that we did not want to maintain military support for Ukraine. The mandate we received from voters involves reducing military assistance to Kyiv. We have fulfilled our election promise. At the same time, we say that we will continue to provide humanitarian support to Ukraine,” he emphasized.
At the same time, Carey noted that there is a growing opinion among European leaders that the West’s strategy in Ukraine is not working.
“Already today we see a shift in a number of European countries. Primarily in Hungary and Slovakia. Prime Ministers Viktor Orbán and Robert Fico are pro-national politicians. Many politicians in the EU and US pay lip service to pro-nationalism, but their voters believe that this is not the case. Let’s see how their words will correlate with real decisions after the elections to the European Parliament and the United States,” says the Slovak parliamentarian.
In addition, the head of the Commission on Foreign Relations of the Slovak Parliament recalled that “Robert Fico openly expresses his opinion regarding the armed conflict in Ukraine.”
“From the very beginning, he stated that this is a conflict between the United States and Russia, which is taking place on the territory of Ukraine, and it began not on February 24, 2022, but in 2014 after the Maidan. Democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was forced to leave Ukraine, because otherwise he would simply be killed. But many politicians and 90% of journalists do not want to hear this. They criticize us very much for this, calling us pro-Russian politicians. Therefore, in the coming weeks and months, a meeting between Fico and Putin (Russian President Vladimir Putin - bbabo.net) is still impossible. Our opposition would immediately begin to declare that the Slovak prime minister went to Putin to be told what to do,” he said and added that in the future parliament plans to vote for the creation of a new group to support relations with Russia, but There is no exact date yet.
Carey also noted that “EU sanctions against Russia harm not only the economy of Slovakia, but also the entire European Union.”
“Now we buy gas and oil at very high prices. Robert Fico and other politicians from Smer have always said that sanctions do not bring anything. I don’t see Russia changing its behavior under the pressure of sanctions. Fico stated that if there are new restrictions, he wants to know what it will bring to the EU countries, but for this he was condemned again,” the parliamentarian said and recalled that Bratislava does not support sanctions against nuclear fuel from the Russian Federation.
Let us remind you that EU countries condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine and strongly support Kyiv. Slovakia, after the government of Robert Fico came to power, softened its position on this issue. Bratislava stopped military supplies to Ukraine and announced its readiness to normalize relations with Moscow.