06:56 GMT28 February 2021
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    Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said he saw only political solition to Ukrainian crisis.

    Federalization of Ukraine could resolve the country's crisis, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday on local TV.

    "Some sort of a special status, such as federalization for certain regions of Ukraine like Donetsk and Luhansk may be a solution [to the country's crisis]," Fico said.

    Despite the fact that the hostilities are less intense than earlier, the situation remains being tense, he said.

    "Any way, there is no military solution [to Ukraine crisis]. Politicians need to sit down and find a compromise. And I believe that the negotiations will continue," the Slovakian prime minister noted.

    The prime minister emphasized that Slovakia would not send weapons to Ukraine.

    Concerning Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union, Fico believes that Ukraine should not expect that Europe will pay for its integration.

    "Ukraine should deal with domestic problems, which, I am afraid, it could not handle," he said adding that the "standard of life there is very low; and when they [Ukrainians] will try to meet the criteria [of integration], it will drop even more."

    It is necessary to support the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by easing sanctions on Russia, Robert Fico said.

    "The current ceasefire reached in eastern Ukraine needs to be supported by gradual ease of certain sanctions against Russia," he said.

    Anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the West, as well as Moscow's retaliatory restrictions damage Slovakian economy as they had hit the country's businesses.

    "I understand that the situation requires sacrifice, but I have the right no express my opinion… Did the sanctions affect Russia's stance? I still insist that they did not in any way," Fico stated.

    The EU and the US and a number of their allies have introduced several rounds of sanctions against crucial sectors of Russian economy and a list of individuals, accusing Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's internal conflict.


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