Robert Fico: Slovakia PM's Russia-Ukraine Stance Resurfaces After Shooting

Slovakia PM Robert Fico is in life-threatening condition after he was shot after a political event on Wednesday. The suspect has been arrested but authorities have not identified him yet. Meanwhile, Fico's anti-Ukraine stance has resurfaced on social media. The 59-year-old had earlier said that he would not allow the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin under an international warrant if he ever came to Slovakia.
Slovakia PM Robert Fico and Russia's Vladimir Putin

Slovakia PM Robert Fico and Russia's Vladimir Putin

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Slovakia PM Robert Fico is in life-threatening condition after he was shot after a political event on Wednesday. The suspect has been arrested but authorities have not identified him yet. Meanwhile, Fico's anti-Ukraine stance has resurfaced on social media. The 59-year-old had earlier said that he would not allow the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin under an international warrant if he ever came to Slovakia.
Fico was a member of the Communist Party before the dissolution of communism. He was first elected to Slovakia's parliament in 1992 as a member of the Party of the Democratic Left. He then served the Slovak Republic in different roles before being elected as prime minister in 2006. He was elected against from 2012 to 2018 and is currently in his thurd term.
Robert Fico has been vocal about his anti-Ukraine views, especially since Kyiv's war against Moscow broke out in 2022. The 59-year-old had made a series of inflammatory comments about Ukraine, calling the Volodymyr Zelenskyy-led country to cede territory to Russia to end the war.
Slovakia is a member of the EU and NATO. It had provided substantial military aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion before Fico stopped sending weapons. He pledged to not provide Kyiv with 'a single bullet' during his campaign last year.
In a book published last year called "Fico: Obsessed with Power", sociologist Michal Vasecka said Fico "definitely appreciates Putin's authoritarianism". "At the same time, his relationship to Russia is historically determined by the socialist motto 'With the Soviet Union for Eternity'," he added.
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