Open Call: Slovakia cannot ignore Russia’s interference in Ukraine’s affairs

 

We condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s territory and the approach Russia has adopted in Crimea. Such action constitutes a material breach of the existing international order and violates Ukraine’s sovereignty. Having experienced invasion in 1968 followed by decades of occupation and “normalisation”, Slovakia cannot ignore Russia’s interference in Ukraine’s domestic affairs.

Free, democratic and prosperous Ukraine is in Slovakia’s interest. Only Ukrainian citizens can decide who and how would govern within their sovereign territory.

We appreciate the support given to Ukraine by Visegrad Four countries which share values with their eastern neighbour. At the same time, we are saddened by the fact that Slovakia’s official support has been insufficient in speed and unequivocality. We believe that Slovakia should express its solidarity with Ukraine clearly and imminently in coordination with its closest allies and partners. We do not want Slovakia’s silence to resonate so loudly.

The road Russia has embarked upon in Crimea not only threatens Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, it also erodes security in the whole of Europe. Slovakia should clearly declare its interest in a non-violent resolution of the situation and condemn Russia’s interference. Bratislava should also participate in devising a common strategy of European Union and NATO countries – dealing with consequences of Russia’s intervention and its impact on European and Slovak citizens.

This declaration is signed by:                            

Jozef Bátora, IESIR Commenius University; Vladimír Bilčík; Martin Bútora, Institute for Public Affairs; Alexander Duleba; Balázs JarábikMilan Ježovica; Marian Majer, Central European Policy Institute; Juraj MarušiakMilan Nič, Central European Policy Institute; Jaroslav Naď, Slovak Atlantic Commission; Róbert Ondrejcsák, Center for European and North Atlantic Affairs; Milan Šuplata;Peter Terem, Matej Bel University; Róbert Vass, Slovak Atlantic Commission.

The declaration has been joined by: Martina Balejová, Tomáš Barborík, Ján Bartoš, Igor Benko, Marek Benuš, Ladislav Bók, Juraj Didák, Dávid Gašparík, Dorota Chebeňová, Juraj Chorvatovič, Andrej Chovan, Martin Fedor, Dávid Gašparík, Oľga Gyárfášová, Inštitút pre sociálne a ekonomické reformy (INEKO), Ingrid Halmová, Peter Juščák, Lucia Klapáčová, Andrea Klimcová, Michal Krajmer, Zuzana Krasňanská, Dagmar Kusá, Slavomír Lalík, Tomáš Olexa, Jozef Letko, Zuzana Margočová, Juraj Mašláni, Grigorij Mesežnikov, Simona Meszárošová, Michal Molčányi, Jan Mrlina, Zuzana Mrvová, Nina Murrayová, Magdaléna Náterová, Matej Navrátil, Tina Nekudová, Michal Pavelek, Veronika Petrová, Adriena Pitelková, Veronika Prekopová, Jan Slimák, Tomáš Sagula, Tomáš Sokol, Milan Solár, Alžbeta Turzáková, Michael Tyrala, Ladislav Ujházy, Laura Ulmanová, Patrícia Ulmanová, Veronika Vargová, Dušan Zachar, Jana Žitňanská, and is open to further signatories via vyzvakrym@gmail.com. (last update: March 10, 2014 at 11:00 CET)

This text is a non-authorised translation of the original open call published in Slovak.