January 16, 2022

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Fico: If the invitation came from the Chinese side, I would go to Beijing

Direction-SD President Robert Fico will accept an invitation to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“If I were one of the top three constitutional officials, I would definitely go to Beijing,” he told TASR TV.

The Smer-SD chief disagrees with the idea of ​​a political and diplomatic boycott of the February Olympics in China as an expression of concerns about respect for human rights in the country. “I want the Slovak Republic to pursue a sovereign foreign policy based on membership in the European Union and NATO. We will not automatically repeat someone else’s positions,” he added.

Fico does not agree with the decision of President Zuzana Šaputova and Speaker of the National Assembly of the Slovak Republic Boris Kolar (We are a family) not to participate in the Games. He claims that due to the policy of the Slovak government, current relations with the Russian Federation and China are “frozen”. “China is a global power today and we should take care of good relations with this country,” said Smer-SD Chairman.

The US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing was announced last week in connection with China’s “genocide” against the Uighur minority and other human rights abuses. They are joined by Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

President Caputova and Parliament Speaker Kollar announced that they do not plan to go to China. The president agrees with the reservations behind the call for a diplomatic boycott, according to Kolar, Slovakia should coordinate this initiative in cooperation with the European Union.

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