Lajčák receives British ambassador on Skripal case

Lajčák receives British ambassador on Skripal case

28.3.2018 | Aktivity ministra

The position of the Slovak Republic regarding the Salisbury incident has been evident: we express full solidarity with the United Kingdom who we view as our strategic ally and partner. Slovakia clearly condemns the attack with a chemical agent on Sergej Skripal and his daughter as an unacceptable violation of international agreements and we have called upon Moscow to fully cooperate and rebut suspicions of being behind the attack. This has been our consistent position that has been expressed twice on the European level and twice on the level of NATO, clearly declaring that we consider the use of chemical weapons a straightforward and unacceptable violation of international law.

This was stated today (28 March) by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during a meeting with Andrew Garth, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Slovakia. As stated by the minister, the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador to Slovakia on 27 March and asked him to present an explanation regarding the case and rebut suspicions that Russia had anything to do with this condemnable deed committed on the territory of the United Kingdom. “The responses of the Russian Federation in the coming days will influence further steps that we are ready to consider. We will be closely monitoring the process and course of the case investigation and after having assessed all the relevant facts we will be ready to take further action,” stated Lajčák.


The Slovak Republic takes the assessment of the United Kingdom that the Russian Federation is likely behind the attack in all seriousness. We express hope that responsible British authorities, with the assistance of OPCW specialists and with the information requested from the Russian side, will identify the perpetrators and origin of the weapon. We equally expect that the responsible Russian authorities will provide the information that has been requested by the British side as soon as possible. We have clearly communicated this expectation to the Russian ambassador during the meeting to which he was summoned on Tuesday, 27 March 2018.