Putin and Biden Condemn Assassination Attempt on Slovak PM Fico

Amidst shock and condemnation from global leaders, an assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has sent reverberations through the political landscape, and there is almost no leader in the world who has not condemned this incident

by Sededin Dedovic
Putin and Biden Condemn Assassination Attempt on Slovak PM Fico
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joseph Biden condemned today the assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and wished him a speedy recovery as he remains hospitalized after being shot. Putin, in a telegram published on the Kremlin's website, expressed his outrage at the "monstrous crime," as reported by Russian News Agency TASS.

"I know Robert Fico as a brave man full of qualities, and I truly hope that these qualities will help him endure this difficult situation. I wish him a speedy recovery," wrote the Russian leader. The United States condemns the attack on the Slovak Prime Minister, said U.S.

President Biden, and stated that their embassy is ready to assist the Slovak government. Biden, in a statement posted on the State Department's website, expressed his distress over the news. "First Lady Jill and I are praying for his speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with his family and the people of Slovakia.

We condemn this heinous act of violence," said Biden. The Slovak Minister of Interior Affairs wrote on his Facebook profile that everything will be done to investigate the case as soon as possible. "Slovakia is experiencing the worst day of its democracy.

For the first time in 31 years of our democratic sovereign republic, someone has decided to express political opinion not at the polls, but with a gun on the street. And with the intention not to argue but physically eliminate a political opponent," wrote the Slovak Minister of Interior Affairs.

He also emphasized that his task "as Minister of Interior Affairs is to do everything to shed light not only on the assassination attempt on the Prime Minister but also on the entire democratic order as soon as possible." "When we aim to establish peace as a nation and when such assassinations of democracy never recur, everyone must show enormous responsibility - politicians, intellectuals, social groups, and media.

This assassination deserves joint and unequivocal condemnation. National reconciliation and calming passions can then be followed by such a step. That is our only hope for the future," he concluded. The police identified a 71-year-old J.C.

from Levica as the perpetrator who fired shots at the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who was transported to the hospital by car and then by helicopter to Banjska Bistrica, where his condition remains critical. The attacker was apprehended by the police immediately after the attack, and Slovak media report that he shouted "Robo, come here!" before shooting Fico, who approached citizens after a government session in the city of Handlovi, 150 kilometers from Bratislava.

The case has been taken over by the National Criminal Agency. The son of the 71-year-old J.C., suspected of shooting at the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico today, says he doesn't know what his father intended or if he ever openly mentioned such an act of violence.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico© Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Recall that the suspect in the attack on the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Robert Fico, is 71-year-old J.C. from Levica, who likely legally owned the weapon from which he fired several shots at the prime minister.

Claims from witnesses have appeared online that he first shouted at Robert Fico, who then approached him to shake hands. He then shot him. The man was arrested by the police immediately after the attack. He is currently in custody, and the case has been taken over by the National Criminal Agency.

The Slovak media Aktuality.sk contacted the son of the suspected attacker, who said he was shocked by the situation, as reported by N1. He confirmed that his father had a legally owned pistol. "I have absolutely no idea what my father intended, what he planned, why this happened," he said.

When asked if he "harbored hatred" towards the leader of the Smer party, he replied: "I'll tell you this - he didn't vote for him. That's all I can say about it." The man denied that his father J.C. ever openly mentioned an attack or murder of politicians.

He also denied that his father was a psychiatric patient. "Maybe there was a short circuit, I don't know. He is violent, but not to the extent that he needs psychiatric help," he said. The suspected man was a writer. At that time, he himself was a victim of an attack in a shopping center in Levica.

A young man entered the store in the early evening, apparently under the influence of intoxicants, and attacked J.C. Aktuality.sk also contacted a longtime acquaintance of the assailant, with whom he founded the Movement Against Violence.

"It was a party we founded against any violence, I think after the incident where a Filipino was beaten to death," says the man, who is also a neighbor of the suspect and who also promoted J.C.' s literary works.