Row centres on remarks by Russia’s overseas intelligence service director about US ‘interference’ within the nation.
Slovakia has accused Moscow of interfering in its parliamentary elections and summoned a Russian embassy official to protest statements by Moscow’s overseas intelligence service director, Sergey Naryshkin.
Slovakia’s Ministry of Overseas and European Affairs mentioned on Monday that it summoned a Russian embassy consultant who spoke about “interference” by america within the nation, an accusation the ministry known as false.
It mentioned the feedback had been made on the eve of the Slovak parliamentary elections on Saturday when a moratorium on info which will profit or hurt candidates was in place.
“The division of diplomacy strongly protests towards the false assertion of Russian intelligence which forged doubt on the integrity of the free and democratic election in Slovakia,” the ministry mentioned.
“We think about such intentionally unfold of disinformation to be unacceptable interference by the Russian Federation within the election course of.”
It known as on Russia to stop all disinformation actions aimed toward Slovakia.
The Russian embassy in Slovakia rejected the allegations.
“In contrast to a few of Slovakia’s present allies, we don’t intervene with inside affairs of different nations, we don’t participate in regime adjustments and numerous ‘color’ revolutions,” it mentioned on Fb.
Slovakia’s president on Monday requested the chief of the successful social gathering to attempt to kind a coalition authorities.
Populist former Prime Minister Robert Fico and his leftist Smer, or Course, social gathering captured 22.9 p.c of the vote on Saturday. It is going to have 42 seats within the 150-seat parliament.
If he succeeds in forming a coalition authorities, Fico, 59, will turn out to be prime minister for the fourth time.
Fico campaigned on a pro-Russian and anti-American message, has pledged to finish Slovak navy help for Ukraine and opposes sanctions on Russia.
In a televised handle to the nation on Monday, President Zuzana Caputova burdened that the brand new authorities must be “a authorities which can serve all residents”.
Fico has repeatedly attacked the liberal president, accusing her of being an American agent and serving overseas pursuits. Caputova has sued him for the remarks.
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