The demarche of Slovakia with the expulsion of Russian diplomats is a continuation of the Russophobic campaign unleashed in a number of Eastern European countries; it is doubtful that the Slovak authorities made such a decision on their own, says Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.
According to Panina, such a demarche by the new administration of Igor Matovich testifies to its lack of independence and inability to act in the interests of its country.
The politician recalled that since the early 1990s, Russian-Slovak relations have been maintained at a high level, and mutually beneficial partnership has developed in the interests of both countries.
“A similar situation continued until very recently – Slovakia was one of the few EU countries where the authorities demonstrated a benevolent attitude towards Russia. However, with the coming to power of the new government of Igor Matovich, this tradition, to put it mildly, did not develop,” Panina said …
According to the deputy, it is extremely doubtful that the Slovak authorities made the decision to expel Russian diplomats on their own.
“It can be seen with the naked eye that the demarche of Bratislava is a continuation of the Russophobic campaign unleashed in a number of Eastern European countries, the previous stage of which we observed in the Czech Republic. Washington and Brussels,” Panina stated.