Contents tagged with Slovakia

  • Slovakia postpones delivery of Zuzana 2 howitzers to its army to ship them to Ukraine

    Slovakia will give priority to any further arms supplies to Ukraine. Therefore, it has postponed the delivery of eight Zuzana 2 howitzers to the Slovak Armed Forces, said press secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia Martina Koval Kakaščíková

    "It is impossible to determine the time when the remaining eight Zuzana 2 howitzers will be delivered to the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, because if there are further orders for Ukraine, we will give priority to them," she said.

    The …

  • Slovakia sending latest self-propelled howitzers Zuzana 2 to Ukraine

    Slovakia will send to Ukrainian military Zuzana 2 self-propelled guns, said Slovakia’s Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad.

    According to him, the servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are already training to operate these self-propelled artillery systems. In total, eight artillery systems will be sent to Ukraine.

    Zuzana 2 is an upgrade of the previous modification of Zuzana with caliber 155 mm. In 2018, the Slovak army purchased 25 of these artillery systems.

    The artillery system, thanks to a …

  • Slovakia sends Soviet-built S-300 air-defense system to Ukraine

    US president Joe Biden announced that Washington will send a Patriot missile system to Slovakia after Bratislava agreed to send a Soviet-era S-300 air-defense system to Ukraine.

    “To enable this transfer and ensure the continued security of Slovakia, the United States will reposition a U.S. Patriot missile system to Slovakia,” Biden said. “Now is no time for complacency. … As the Russian military repositions for the next phase of this war, I have directed my Administration to continue to spare …

  • Slovakia confirms it is ready to send its only S-300 air defense system to Ukraine

    Slovakia is ready to send the only Soviet-made S-300 air defense system that it has in its possession to Ukraine, provided that it receives a replacement, said Slovakia’s Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad at a joint press conference with the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, reports the news outlet Aktuality.

    Slovakia is one of only three NATO member countries that use the S-300 defense system. It has asked for guarantees that it will receive an immediate replacement if it sends S-300 missile …

  • Slovakia expelling 3 Russian diplomats for espionage

    Slovakia expelled three employees of the Russian Embassy in Bratislava on suspicion of espionage. They must leave the country within 72 hours, as their actions violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, said the the Slovak Foreign Ministry.

    The Slovak Foreign Ministry did not provide the names of these employees, as well as what exactly they are accused of. At the same time, according to dpa news agency, three Slovak citizens were arrested earlier for alleged espionage in exchange …

  • Russia expels seven Slovak, Lithuanian and Estonian diplomats

    Russia expels a total of seven diplomats from Slovakia and the Baltic States. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that three employees of the Slovak Embassy in Moscow, two employees of the Lithuanian Embassy and one each from the embassies of Latvia and Estonia were declared persona non grata.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of these countries. They were given "letters of protest in connection with provocative, unreasonable decisions" to expel employees of Russian …

  • Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats

    Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger, during a speech by Defense Minister Jaroslav Naď and Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok, announced the expulsion of three Russian diplomats,  reported TA 3.

    Heger noted that before making the decision to expel Russian diplomats, the Slovak government carefully studied the information of the special services of Slovakia. The Prime Minister specified that the Slovak Republic is interested in building relations with Russia based on mutual respect.

    "At the same time, …

  • Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats

    Three Russian diplomats must leave the Slovak Republic, said the head of the press department of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Juraj Tomaga, Radio Liberty reports.

    "We cannot name the employees of the Russian diplomatic mission, but we confirm that a decision has been made to expel three employees of the Russian Representative Office in Slovakia," Tomaga said.

    According to him, the abuse of visas issued by the Slovak consulate in St. Petersburg, which resulted in …

  • Poland and Slovakia express readiness for ‘gas war’ between Russia and Ukraine

    Polish oil and gas state company PGNiG stated that Poland is prepared if the transit of Russian gas to Europe through Ukrainian territory stops. The company has also presented possible options for fuel supplies in 2019-2023.

    “If gas transit stops from the beginning of 2020, gas production in Poland, its reserves, and imports, including through Belarus, will amount to 25.6 billion cubic meters of gas per year with a total consumption of 19 billion.  If, after the expiration of the agreement …

  • Belarus to hike tariff on Russian oil transit

    Effective 1 August, Belarus will sharply increase the tariff on the transit of Russian oil to Europe.

    According to the Interfax news agency, the Belarusian pipeline operating company Gomeltransneft Druzhba notified the Russian oil transit company Transneft about the changes through a letter sent on 1 July.

    The cost of pumping oil through the Druzha pipeline, which accounts for 20% of all Russia’s oil exports, will be hiked by 21.7%.

    The letter states that this is necessary in order to …