Today (10 December 2018) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in the regular meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. From the political point of view, the most significant discussion at the meeting concerned the current situation in the Sea of Azov regarding the Russian military attack on the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, which occurred on November 25 of this year. The ministers condemned the attack, emphasized their full support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and made an appeal for the release of the detained and unlawfully charged Ukrainian seamen and for guarantees for the free passage through the Kerch Strait for all ships. “The incident in the Kerch Strait was a direct consequence of the annexation of Crimea. Slovakia as the upcoming holder of the chairmanship of the OSCE has a strong interest in the achievement of a sustainable peaceful solution which will be based on the Minsk agreements and will respect the territorial integrity of the Ukraine,” stated Minister Lajčák in this regard. They then discussed the situation in detail with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, including several EU scenarios to strengthen the economic support for the regions of Eastern Ukraine that are affected most by the conflict.
Today (7 December), the Italian chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was symbolically handed over to Slovakia which will take over the leadership in the organisation in only three weeks from now, on 1 January 2019. Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic will be replacing Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the OSCE’s Chairman-in-Office and Head of the Italian diplomatic service.
Rozhodnutie podať demisiu na svoju funkciu som prijal nie kvôli migrácii, ale kvôli tomu, že som presvedčený, že je na škodu Slovenska a jeho občanov, keď našim diplomatom nie je dovolené byť za stolom, kde sa diskutuje o veciach, ktoré sa nás týkajú. Bol som a zostávam presvedčený, že uznesenie NR SR o odmietnutí byť súčasťou spoločného úsilia riešiť migráciu nie je správne. Svoje rozhodnutie som prijal úprimne, pretože som ho považoval za správne. Obrovské množstvo ľudí zo Slovenska i zo zahraničia mi vyjadrilo silnú podporu.
Today (6 December 2018) the two-day 25th Ministerial session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was launched in Milan. Slovakia is represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary and the Minister’s Envoy for the preparation of Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship.
František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, offered his condolences on the death of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States of America, today (6 December 2018) at the Embassy of the United States of America to the Slovak Republic.