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Slovak president says neither EU nor NATO should send weapons to Ukraine

April 25, 2015, 22:37 UTC+3 PRAGUE
At the same time, the Kiska said that "Ukraine cannot be forbidden to buy weapons within the framework of improving bilateral relations
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PRAGUE, April 25. /TASS/. Slovak President Andrej Kiska has said that neither the European Union nor NATO being international organisations should send weapons to Ukraine.

"Absolutely clear, neither the European Union that does not have such a tool [for supplying weapons] nor NATO as a coherent structure should join anything like that," Kiska said in an interview with Bratislava’s SME newspaper published on Saturday.

At the same time, the Slovak president said that "Ukraine cannot be forbidden to buy weapons within the framework of improving bilateral relations [with partner countries].

"It should be its free choice and the choice of the country that would supply weapons," he said adding that Slovakia was acting to help Ukraine.

"From Ukraine’s point of view, Slovakia is among the active actors [the states providing assistance to it]," Kiska said. "Differing from those who still talk help, we have taken concrete steps. Reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine were an exceptional sort of assistance. Slovakia has supported all the EU sanctions against Russia. I view the effectiveness of our foreign policy through the prism of practical actions.".

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