Slovak Foreign Minister apologizes to Ukraine for ‘inappropriate statements’ of Prime Minister
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Ivan Korchok apologized for the joke made by the Prime Minister of the country Igor Matovich about the transfer of Transcarpathia to Russia in exchange for the Sputnik V vaccine. The corresponding publication on Thursday, January 4, appeared on the Foreign Minister’s Facebook account.
“Today I talked with my Ukrainian partner, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. I apologized to him for the inappropriate statements made by the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Igor Matovic, to Ukraine, ”he wrote.
As Korchok added, a few days before the incident, the ministers met in Kiev and communicated very well.
Earlier on the same day, it became known that the inhabitants of Ukraine were angered by the joke of the Prime Minister of Slovakia. In social networks, they criticized the politician, considering his statement a claim to foreign territories.
The incident occurred when, during an interview, Matovic was asked what Russia could get for the vaccine. Matovich jokingly replied that he was ready to transfer the Transcarpathian Ukraine to the Russian Federation.
The statement was commented on by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, accusing the Slovak prime minister of wanting to spoil friendly relations between the countries. Also, the ministry summoned the Charge d’Affaires of Slovakia in Kiev Matusz Korbe, protesting him.
On March 1, it was reported that Slovakia had registered the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. On the same day, it became known that Slovakia is probably starting to use the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, without waiting for the drug to be registered in the EMA.
On June 29, 1945, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia signed an agreement, according to which the Transcarpathian Ukraine became part of the Ukrainian SSR.
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