Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico Wounded in Shooting, Rushed to Hospital

Such an incident has triggered a large number of reactions from around the world and from numerous officials

by Sead Dedovic
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico Wounded in Shooting, Rushed to Hospital
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Shocking news is coming from Slovakia. Namely, the Prime Minister of this country, Robert Fico, was injured in a shooting that occurred in front of the House of Culture after a government session. Slovak media confirmed that Fico exited the hall and approached the gathered people. 

Slovak media also confirmed that the Prime Minister of Slovakia was wounded and has been transferred to the hospital in critical condition. 

Everything happened in the Slovak town of Handlova. According to reports, Fico was wounded in the abdomen and chest, and some say that the attacker said to him before the attack: "Robo, come here," after which he shot him. 

Such an incident has triggered a large number of reactions from around the world and from numerous officials. The first to react was the President of the country, Zuzana ńĆaputová, stating that she is shocked by such an attack on the Prime Minister, hoping for his recovery. 

Journalists revealed that several gunshots were heard, after which the prime minister fell to the ground. The attacker was apprehended by people. The Slovak Prime Minister was taken away by medical personnel, after which he was transported to the hospital.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is known for his controversial views on the war in Ukraine, emphasizing a few months ago that life in Kyiv is completely normal, stressing that there is no war there.

“Do you really think there is war in Kyiv? I hope you’re not serious … life there is absolutely normal,” Fico said, as quoted by POLITICO.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is someone whose statements often hinted that he's been on Russia's side since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Fico shared his opinion on the war with Slovak media in January of this year, believing that Ukrainians must cede some territory to the Russians if they truly want peace in their country. Fico is a person who advocates for compromise, although the situation in Ukraine probably requires compromise from both sides, not just the Ukrainians. Fico finds it strange to expect Russians to leave Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk.

“There has to be some kind of compromise," Fico said. "What do they expect, that the Russians will leave Crimea, Donbas and Luhansk? That's unrealistic."

During that period, Fico was supposed to meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and prior to that, he had expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that Ukrainians are striving to join NATO.

Denys Shmyhal
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He is not someone who supports such moves, believing they could lead to a catastrophic world war. The Slovak Prime Minister is not pleased with US policy, believing that Ukraine is under the influence of the United States. Although some expected him to refrain from insults and harsh stances, that was just the beginning. He further emphasized that Ukrainians would not receive any weapons from Slovakia, dissatisfied with the policy of the Ukrainian leadership.

"I will tell him that I am against the membership of Ukraine in NATO and that I will veto it. It would merely be a basis for World War III, nothing else. Ukraine is not an independent and sovereign country, butunder the total influence and control of the United States."

The 59-year-old politician said that he will confirm to the Ukrainian Prime Minister that he will not receive weapons.

“I will confirm that he will not receive any weapons."

Robert Fico and his stances

Fico is a similar figure to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who also shares similar views with Fico. From the beginning of the war, the two have had controversial stances, often siding with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Many believe that the assassination attempt on the Slovak Prime Minister is a result of his support for Russia. We still do not want to draw definitive conclusions or speak about it, but it is obvious that the Slovak Prime Minister has enemies along his path. 

Looking at his statements from the past, one can sense that Fico has always been direct, often without considering the consequences of his actions. Such an act of attack against him is, of course, unacceptable, and many important political figures have expressed their support for him and his family, hoping that Fico will survive this attack and return to politics.

We will surely learn more details about the attacker and the motive for such an act in the coming days. Right now, the main focus and attention are on the Slovak Prime Minister, hoping for his recovery. This situation clearly indicates how tense the situation is in Europe, especially in regions close to Russia. It's evident that there are two factions.

The situation is not pleasant at all. We hope to see fewer of such situations in the future.