Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico once again spoke for lifting of the sanctions against Russia, as, he said, they are useless and harmful both for the European Union and for Russia.


Robert Fico


“My opinion is it is high time to consider the sanctions from the rational point of view and to say they are harmful both for the EU and for Russia,” he said. “They have not favored absolutely settlement of the problem, which they were supposed to influence.”


On Thursday, the Slovakian prime minister visited Russia, where he had a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. On Friday, Robert Fico will participate in a meeting of the Vysehrad Group (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


“Yesterday, with Vladimir Putin we came to the common opinion that our purpose is to develop mutual trade,” Fico wrote on his Facebook page.


Presidents of Hungary and the Czech Republic are also against the sanctions. At the same time, Angela Merkel and the Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday called premature a possible lifting of the EU sanctions against Russia.