Slovakia claims that transfer of warplanes to Kiev was illegal


(MENAFN) The deputy defense Minister of Slovakia, Igor Melicher, has declared the delivery of Soviet-era MiG-29 warplanes to Ukraine by the previous government as "illegal." This revelation comes after a legal review was requested by the current government, led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, who has been critical of sending arms to Kiev and advocates for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict.

In March 2023, the interim government under Prime Minister Eduard Heger authorized the delivery of 13 MiG-29s to Ukraine. However, Melicher contends that the caretaker government did not have the authority to make such decisions, as it contravenes the Slovak Constitution, which prohibits interim governments from taking significant foreign policy actions.

Melicher's statement follows revelations by ombudsman Robert Dobrovodsky, who was tasked with reviewing the aircraft delivery, that the government could not locate any legal analysis pertaining to the aid provided to Kiev. This lack of documentation raises questions about the legality of the transaction.

Prime Minister Robert Fico, who recently survived an assassination attempt, has voiced opposition to sending arms to Ukraine, emphasizing the need for diplomatic resolution. Defense Minister Robert Kalinak has also criticized his predecessor's actions, condemning them as irresponsible and jeopardizing Slovakia's own security.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have been urging their Western allies to expedite the delivery of United States-made F-16 fighters. However, reports suggest that existing training programs have not produced an adequate number of pilots for these aircraft, leading to frustrations in Kiev. The situation underscores the complexities and challenges faced in supporting Ukraine amidst ongoing conflict.

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