The proposal for the 14th package of military aid to Ukraine was prepared by the previous caretaker government of Prime Minister Ľudovít Ódor, but President Zuzana Čaputová did not sign it, saying that the cabinet that will emerge from early parliamentary elections must decide on it.
The military aid was to include four million pieces of 7.62 mm ammunition, 5,172 pieces of large-caliber ammunition for the 125 mm cannon, 140 rockets for the Kub air defense system, eight mortars and 1,200 mines for mortars.
Private companies are allowed to supply weapons to Ukraine
Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, Slovakia has already delivered 13 packages of military aid to Kyiv with a total value of 671 million euros (16.5 billion crowns). The largest deliveries included the S-300 air defense system and MiG-29 fighters.
After coming to power, Fico emphasized that Slovakia will help Ukraine humanitarianly and in the reconstruction of the war-torn country. However, the Prime Minister also said that he will not prevent private arms companies from supplying weapons and ammunition to Ukraine.
At the meeting of the Council of the European Union in Brussels last week, Fico supported the further provision of financial, economic, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support to Ukraine.
According to former Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nada, the government’s decision goes against the economic and security interests of the Slovak Republic. According to Nada, Slovakia does not need most of the mentioned ammunition and their service life is coming to an end. “The minister now has to find millions of euros to extend its life, or he has to have it disposed of for millions,” pointed out Naď, saying that by donating ammunition, Bratislava could help Kyiv and get money from the European Peace Instrument.