Lavrov asks Slovakia to stick to international treaties. 

The agreement cited by Lavrov does indeed prohibit Slovakia from giving or selling the S-300 system to another country. Slovakia obtained the S-300 system due to the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993. Czechoslovakia received the system from the Soviet Union in 1990.  [EPA-EFE/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO]

Slovakia sending the S-300 air defence system to Ukraine would violate the 1990 agreement between Czechoslovakia and the then Soviet Union, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

The agreement cited by Lavrov does indeed prohibit Slovakia from giving or selling the S-300 system to another country. Slovakia obtained the S-300 system due to the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993. Czechoslovakia received the system from the Soviet Union in 1990.

“I want to remind all countries, which are considering such a move that Soviet systems and systems made in Russia are placed in these countries in accordance with intergovernmental agreements and also have a user certificate, which bans their sales or shipments to third countries,” Lavrov said for RT.

Lavrov already said Russia will not “allow” Slovakia to supply Ukraine with the S-300 system, arguing that any military supply to Ukraine would be considered as a “legitimate military target”.

However, the possible breach of the old agreement does not worry Slovakia’s defence ministry.

“The Slovak Republic will itself freely consider how to use its own military property, in a way that best suits the interests of the defence of the Slovak Republic,” the ministry said. It also reiterated its call for the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.

Slovakia has not yet decided if it will send the S-300 system to Ukraine. According to the latest information, talks on the topic, particularly with the US, are still ongoing.

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