Slovakia’s new authorities have filed criminal charges against former Prime Minister Eduard Heger and former Defense Minister Jaroslav Nag for providing warplanes to Ukraine.

Slovakia’s Defense Ministry has filed a criminal complaint against former Prime Minister Eduard Heger and former Defense Minister Jaroslav Nag for donating fighter jets to Ukraine, the ministry’s current state secretary, Igor, said on Friday.

Slovakia donated its Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets and two anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine in spring 2023, becoming the first country to send fighter jets to Kiev since Vladimir Putin’s February 2022 all-out invasion.

“This decision [de a dona avioanele] Melicher told a news conference on Friday that the skies were unsafe and the safety of citizens was at risk, calling the move unconstitutional.

“These two men managed to disarm Slovakia better than any other enemy. I firmly believe that Jaroslav Nag has betrayed his motherland, Slovakia,” Melicher said. “

Heger, who was prime minister from 2021 to 2023, and Naď, who was defense minister from 2020 to 2023, are suspected of crimes such as sabotage, abuse of power among public officials and dereliction of duty in the administration of foreign goods. The new leadership of the Ministry of Defense.

Defense Minister Robert Kaliňák previously called Naď a traitor. “Such weakening of the armed forces in violation of the Constitution cannot be described as anything but treason in our political vocabulary. “I don’t know if this also meets the essence of this crime, but this is a person who betrayed national values,” Kalinak said on June 13.

Heger and Naď denied the allegations at a press conference in mid-June. “Providing military equipment to Ukraine is not only a moral issue, but also a matter of clear alignment of Slovakia in the Western world,” said Naď, adding that he was very proud of the Heger government’s decision to help Ukraine.

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, elected in October 2023, suspended military aid to Ukraine shortly after taking office. Figo is known as a Russian sympathizer.

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