Kyiv Security Forum

Slovakia does not recognize the “referendum” in Crimea and its annexation by Russia, Lajčák says

10 April 2014, 18:58

Slovakia does not recognize the “referendum” in the AR of Crimea unlawfully annexed by the Russian Federation, emphasized Myroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the 7th Kyiv Security Forum.

‘We don’t recognize the so-called referendum in Crimea and we don’t recognize the unlawful annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation’, the Slovak Deputy Premier stated.

He also underlined the Slovak party’s stand that ‘only Ukraine and the Ukrainian people have the right to choose their future’.

In addition, Myroslav Lajčák highly appreciated the Ukrainian authorities’ ability of ‘responding to force-based provocations with dignity, restraint and calm’. ‘And this makes Ukraine a moral winner in this difficult time’, the Slovak minister thinks.

As he also stressed, official Bratislava believes that ‘the absolute confrontation should give way to logic of cooperation’.


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