President Joe Biden has his sights on Congress approving a $100 billion war package with $60 billion allocated for further support for Ukraine as some European leaders are rethinking their support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico announced on Thursday that his country would no longer supply Ukraine with military aid for its war against Russia.
Slovakia is the first NATO member to reverse course.
Fico's party won elections in September after campaigning on ending military aid to Ukraine.
Slovakia gave small donations in comparison with other donors, but Slovakia’s former government was one of the strongest voices against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
"I will support zero military aid to Ukraine... An immediate halt to military operations is the best solution we have for Ukraine. The EU should change from an arms supplier to a peacemaker," Fico said, according to AFP.
Fico further stated that Slovakia will not support any additional sanctions on Russia without considering the impact on Slovakia’s own economy.
"I will not vote for any sanctions against Russia unless we see analyses of their impact on Slovakia," he added. "If there are to be such sanctions that will harm us, like most sanctions have, I can see no reason to support them."
Slovakia is one of four European Union nations that share a border with Ukraine, the others being Romania, Poland, and Hungary.
Hungary has been critical of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky throughout the conflict and has largely maintained strong relations with Russia, in stark contrast to the rest of the bloc.
Fico's declaration comes as the United States faces an ongoing budget battle that could result in the cessation or reduction of aid to Kyiv as Republicans look to cut spending.
Slovakia's reversal has further prompted wider fears of other European nations following its lead.
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