11. 07. 2018 12:25
Slovak President Andrej Kiska is taking part in the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday. As he said upon his arrival, he expects this event to be an uneasy one. He is to confirm the country's increased investment in defence, its interest in continuing to participate in NATO's strengthened presence in the Baltics and Afghanistan and support for the Open Door Policy. The Slovak president is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok and Chief of the General Staff Daniel Zmeko. Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš will join the delegation after the Wednesday session of the Government as it was set to approve the purchase of the US F-16 jet-fighters. Slovakia has promised to increase its defence spending to reach 2% of GDP by 2024. It has committed to providing a heavy mechanised brigade and an interest in continuing without interruption in participating in NATO's strengthened presence in the Baltics.