Prosecutor General Maroš Žilinka boarded a plane to Moscow on Tuesday to attend the 300th anniversary of the Prosecutor’s Office in Russia and sign a cooperation agreement with his Russian counterpart Igor Krasnov who faces EU sanctions due to the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
This comes a week after Žilinka criticised the defence agreement between Slovakia and the US for being unconstitutional and endangering Slovak sovereignty.
“Part of the long-term planned business trip to Moscow will also be the signing of the Cooperation Program between the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Slovak Republic and the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for 2022 and 2023,” the Prosecutor General’s Office writes.
At a meeting with Krasnov in July, Žilinka spoke about deepening cooperation between the two offices.
The ruling coalition elected Žilinka, but coalition representatives have repeatedly criticised him. He is also currently in an open conflict with Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď, who said Žilinka and the Office of the Prosecutor General do not have any competence to comment on defence and foreign policy issues.
Žilinka previously spoke out over a defence cooperation agreement with the US, submitting 35 comments and recommending it be scrapped. The agreement would allow the American military to use several airports rent-free for ten years and would bring the Slovak Armed Forces approximately $100 million.
Similar documents were already signed by other NATO member states, including Poland, Hungary, and its eastern border members.
(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)