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Fico: Slovakia against curbing Hungary’s rights in EU

Slovakia does not back the curbing of Hungary's rights in the European Union, and "will never agree to a country being penalised for fighting for sovereignty and national independence," Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said in Budapest on Tuesday.

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Fico told a joint press conference that developments “around Hungary and Slovakia” in the EU were reason for concern. The EP was planning to adopt a declaration on changes to the Slovak Penal Code and on the country abolishing the special prosecutor’s office, he said. He also slammed the Slovak opposition, saying “they harm the entire country just so they can harm the government.”

Slovakia is monitoring the situation around Hungary too, as there have been proposals to strip the country of its voting and other rights, Fico said.

He pledged to oppose any measures “aiming to punish countries for fighting for national independence and sovereignty.”

Fico said Slovakia also rejected the EU migration pact, and agreed with Orbán’s stance on the war in Ukraine and on the role of the Visegrad Group.

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