I have seen the greatest terrors of war, Heger on his visit to Bucha
Slovakia’s security is not compromised after donating S-300s to Ukraine, Heger said upon returning from Ukraine.
“Ukraine is our neighbor and our friend. And it’s a good way not to turn your back on your friend in need,” Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) told reporters after returning from Kyiv April 9.
It is essential for Slovakia that Ukraine wins this war and becomes a stable and prosperous country. “Only then will the people of eastern Slovakia fare much better and not have to leave their homes to work as they have for decades,” said Heger, noting that this is one of the reasons why Slovakia must invest in Ukraine.
He blamed the opposition for the “madness” they unleashed during their trip to Ukraine. He insisted that Slovakia has never been so protected as it is today.
“Slovakia will have four batteries from the Patriot system. We’ve never had anything like this before,” Heger said. He went on to accuse opposition leaders Robert Fico and Peter Pellegrini of acting as agents of Russia. He said he invites them to join him on a future trip to Ukraine to see what has been done there.
Heger conveyed his impressions of his visit to Ukraine, where he said he saw the greatest horrors of war. He mentioned his visit to Bucha, where he said he saw the consequences of Russian cruelty. “That’s the reality that’s happening now, at our neighbor’s house,” Heger said.
We thought peace was a given, but now we see it is not, and democracy must be defended with blood. “And they’re not just fighting for themselves, they’re fighting for us. If they fell on the first day, Russian troops would now be positioned on our border.”
Besides the donation of the S-300 air defense system, Heger also offered his Ukrainian counterpart the possibility of exporting wheat from Ukraine by rail via Slovakia, since Ukraine is currently unable to export wheat by boat. He also said that Slovakia was ready to push for Ukraine’s EU membership.
“Ukraine needs all allies and help from the democratic world,” Heger said. He added that the history of Slovakia’s accession to the EU, after the fall of the authoritarian government of Vladimir Meciar in 1998, is a source of inspiration for Ukraine.
“When I see the determination of the Ukrainians over the past month, I am convinced that they will prevail,” Heger said.