Visegrad Four meeting fails to agree on military aid to Ukraine: which countries are against it

Lipavsky emphasizes the need to increase support for Ukraine. Source: PAP/EPA/MARTIN DIVISEK

The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries have stated that Russia's aggression against Ukraine violates international law and that Ukraine's territory should remain within its internationally recognized borders. However, they disagreed on military assistance to Ukraine.

This was discussed at a press conference after the meeting on Thursday, March 21. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky emphasized the need to increase support for Ukraine in all areas, including the military.

He noted that it is important for the entire region to keep the Russian army away from its borders.

"Europe is in danger today, and we need to respond to this," Lipavsky said.

He also thanked the countries that have joined the Czech initiative to purchase ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU, in particular Poland, which has promised financial support and logistical support. Earlier, Lipavsky and his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski discussed this issue in bilateral talks.

However, the Foreign Ministers of Slovakia and Hungary, Juraj Blanar and Peter Szijjarto, said that their countries would not supply weapons to Ukraine.

"We will no longer make military supplies to Ukraine because we believe that this conflict has no military solution," Blanar said.

Asked about possible talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, he replied: "We are very pragmatic, we are by no means apologists for Russia. But what will we do with Russia if it does not stop? Will we create a new Iron Curtain?"

At the same time, the Hungarian Foreign Minister said that his country "has not and will not supply any weapons to Ukraine." In addition, he considers statements about sending troops to Ukraine "dangerous".

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said she could not guarantee that Tallinn would not send its military to Ukraine. She emphasized that "circumstances can change," so she would not make any promises.

Commenting on the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine, Kallas noted that Kyiv had not asked for it. At the same time, Ukraine has asked Estonia to help the Defense Forces with ammunition and air defense equipment to repel Russian missile and drone attacks.

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