“Outrageous Crime”: World Reacts to Attack on Slovakian Prime Minister - Latest Global News

“Outrageous Crime”: World Reacts to Attack on Slovakian Prime Minister

World leaders have condemned an attack on Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is in a “life-threatening condition” after being shot.

The prime minister was shot “multiple times” in an “assassination attempt” on Wednesday, a statement on his official social media page said.

The 59-year-old leader was shot in the stomach in downtown Handlova. According to local media reports, police cordoned off the scene and a suspect was arrested.

Here are some of the global reactions:

US President Joe Biden

Biden condemned the shooting as a “horrific act of violence,” adding that he and first lady Jill Biden are “praying for a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with his family and the Slovak people.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin said the attack was a “monstrous crime.”

“There is no justification for this monstrous crime. I know Robert Fico as a courageous and strong-willed man. I really hope that these qualities will help him get through this difficult situation,” Putin said.

The Russian leader wished Fico “a speedy and full recovery.”

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Guterres condemned the “shocking attack carried out today against the prime minister of Slovakia,” his office said.

Guterres’ “thoughts are with the prime minister and his loved ones at this difficult moment,” said his spokesman Farhan Haq.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico. Such acts of violence have no place in our society and undermine democracy, our most valuable common good. “My thoughts are with Prime Minister Fico and his family,” von der Leyen said.

French President Emmanuel Macron

Macron said on social media he was “shocked” by the attack.

“Shocked by the shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. I strongly condemn this attack,” he said. “My thoughts and my solidarity go out to him, his family and the people of Slovakia.”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Scholz condemned the “cowardly” attack and denounced “violence” in European politics.

“I am deeply shocked by the news of the cowardly attack on Slovakian Prime Minister Fico,” said Scholz.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg

Stoltenberg said his thoughts were with Fico and the people of Slovakia.

“I wish him a lot of strength for a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with Robert Fico, his loved ones and the people of Slovakia,” he said.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Meloni condemned the attack and “all forms of violence” against “democracy and freedom.”

“It was with deep shock that I learned the news of the cowardly attack,” Meloni said in a statement. She also emphasized her government’s “strongest condemnation of all forms of violence and attacks on the fundamental principles of democracy and freedom.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry

The ministry said in a statement that it “condemns the assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic” and “wishes [him] good health and a speedy recovery.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Orban condemned the “despicable” attack on Fico.

“I was deeply shocked by the vile attack on my friend, Prime Minister Robert Fico. We pray for his health and speedy recovery! God bless him and his country!” Orban said.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

Vucic said Fico was a “great friend” and that he would pray for his health.

“I am shocked by the attempted assassination of Robert Fico, a great friend of mine and Serbia. Dear friend, I pray for you and for your health,” Vucic said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Sanchez said he was “horrified” by the attack and “nothing can justify violence.”

“Horrified and outraged by the attack on the Slovak Prime Minister. Spain stands with Robert Fico, his family and the Slovak people in this extremely difficult time. “Nothing can ever justify violence,” he wrote on social media.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer

Nehammer said he was shocked by the attack and warned: “Hate and violence must not be allowed to take hold in our democracies.”

“The assassination attempt on my Slovak colleague Robert Fico shocks me deeply. Just a few days ago we spoke on the phone and talked intensively about security issues. I wish him a speedy and full recovery! Hate and violence must not be allowed to take hold in our democracies and must be fought with all determination!” said Nehammer on social media.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Zelensky condemned the attack and warned that violence should not become the norm.

“We strongly condemn this act of violence against the head of government of our neighboring partner state. Every effort should be made to ensure that violence does not become the norm in any country, in any form or in any area,” he said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan condemned “the heinous attack” “in the strongest possible terms.”

“I wish the people and government of Slovakia a speedy recovery on behalf of my country and my nation,” Erdogan said, wishing him a speedy recovery.

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