United States Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick met today with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico. They discussed Slovakia’s anti-corruption efforts, trans-Atlantic and European unity regarding continued Russian aggression in Ukraine, and strengthening trade and investment opportunities.
Ambassador Sedgwick commended the steps Slovakia has taken to fight corruption, including recent cooperation with the Rule of Law Initiative of 14 Trade Associations, led by the American Chamber of Commerce, to develop a new anti-corruption action plan and adoption of the 2nd National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
As the United States continues to be concerned by ongoing violations of the Minsk Implementation Plan by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine and the presence of Russian military personnel in Ukraine, the U.S. appreciates Slovakia’s significant support to Ukraine. Ambassador Sedgwick told the Prime Minister, “Thank you for Slovakia’s facilitation of the reverse flow of gas. We are very grateful for Slovakia’s deeds in regards to Ukraine. We must stay unified in our response to Russia if it continues to violate the February 12 Minsk implementation plan.” The two leaders agreed that reforms are crucial to Ukraine’s future with Europe, and the Ambassador stated that he looks forward to Slovakia supporting these efforts in Ukraine.