Bratislava, March 29 (TASR) – Slovak Ambassador to Russia Peter Priputen will return to Slovakia immediately, Foreign and European Affairs Ministry spokesman Peter Susko told TASR on Thursday.
Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) on Wednesday (March 28) announced that Slovakia will recall Priputen for consultation regarding the case of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.
“We delivered a notification to the ambassador without delay. The length of his stay in Slovakia has not yet been specified,” said Susko. Lajcak on Wednesday stressed that calling the ambassador back home is a serious diplomatic act that Slovakia has never done over the 25 years [of Slovakia being an independent state].
Nineteen European Union countries have decided so far to expel Russian diplomats or have declared that they will do so, while nine EU countries haven’t made such a step, or have announced that they won’t make it. Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Tuesday (March 27) called for the adoption of a clear and fundamental stance regarding the case.
Lajcak stressed that Slovakia is expressing its full solidarity with the United Kingdom, who it sees as our strategic ally and partner. According to him, Slovakia has also unambiguously condemned the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the use of a nerve agent “as an unacceptable violation of international treaties and called on Moscow to cooperate fully and refute suspicions that it was behind the attack”.