Concerning today’s declaration of the North Atlantic Council and also the EU Declaration on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty of 14 July 2019, the Slovak Republic together with NATO and the EU member states expresses disappointment at the fact that the Russian Federation has not, despite numerous diplomatic calls from NATO and the EU member states, used the past six months to take the actions that are necessary in order to preserve this key pillar of European security.
Current defense initiatives in the European Union, and the strengthening of the cooperation with NATO, as well as EU missions and operations, these were the topics discussed by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative of the Minister for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, and General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC). This was General Graziano’s first visit to Slovakia in his official capacity in this position. Previously he visited Slovakia as the Chief of Staff of the Italian Army.
OSCE Chair Lajčák welcomes new recommitment to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and plans for urgently needed repairs to Stanystia Luhanska bridge; urges sides to honour and implement them
BRATISLAVA, 18 July 2019 - OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák welcomed the new recommitment to an unlimited ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, starting from 21 July at 00 hrs. 01 min. (Kyiv time), as agreed at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group held in Minsk on 17 July.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák today (18 July 2019) gave an address at the second annual ministerial conference on religious freedom in Washington, where he arrived at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State. The identification of concrete steps to prevent persecution based on faith and to strengthen respect for religious belief is one of the new initiatives of the administration of US President Donald Trump. This has been the biggest ministerial event on this topic so far with more than a hundred delegations in attendance.
State Secretary František Ružička in Brussels Calls for Effective Implementation of the New EU Strategic Agenda
Ministers for European Affairs of the European Union member states met in Brussels at the General Affairs Council of the EU on Thursday (18 July 2019). The Slovak Republic was represented by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička.