Slovak PM incorrectly jokes about "exchanging Zakarpattia region for Covid-19 vaccine"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Matovič immediately apologized and said it was a joke
21:19, 3 March 2021

Igor Matovič
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Prime Minister of Slovakia Igor Matovič incorrectly joked about the "exchange of Zakarpattia" for the Russian-made Covid-19 vaccine. The politician announced this on the air of Radio Express.  

In response to a journalist's question about what Slovakia promised the Russian Federation for the supply of the vaccine, Matovič answered "Zakarpattia region of Ukraine". Later, the Prime Minister assured that he had not given promises to the Russian Federation, and made it clear that he was joking.

Related: Slovakia closes border with Ukraine due increase of coronavirus infections

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has already commented the words of the Prime Minister of Slovakia.

"Make him exchange several regions of Slovakia. It is a pity that with his incorrect statements, the Slovak Prime Minister undermines the extremely friendly and sincere relations between Ukraine and Slovakia," Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Slovakia plans to participate in the Crimean Platform summit.

The Foreign Ministry of Slovakia stated that Ukraine is an important neighbor for them and they supported the Ukrainian European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations and do not recognize the violations of the territorial integrity.

“Telling about the situation in temporarily occupied Crimea, Emine Dzhaparova (the first deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, - drew attention to the deterioration of the situation with the human rights and ongoing militarization of the peninsula by the Russian occupation administration that endangers the security of the Black Sea-Azov Sea region. The first deputy foreign minister noted that over 28,000 Ukrainian citizens were drafted to the Russian army since the beginning of the occupation of the peninsula; over 160 criminal cases were opened by the occupation authorities for evasion from military service,” the message said.

Related: Poland may impose restrictions on borders with Czech Republic and Slovakia


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