Slovak Foreign Minister Rastislav Káčer’s statement outraged Igor Matovič and György Gyimesi. The foreign minister said in a television programme that “if Vladimir Putin had been successful in Ukraine, Hungary would have had territorial claims against Slovakia”.
According to index.hu, Slovak Foreign Minister Rastislav Káčer was asked whether Hungarian policy could reach the point where it had territorial claims within ten years. “If Vladimir Putin had been successful in Ukraine, Hungary would already have territorial claims against Slovakia,” he said. Káčer believes that this is a current issue today, which is why it is important for Slovakia that Putin does not succeed in Ukraine.
He lived in Hungary for five years, has been following security policy for thirty years and has an “enormous secret intelligence file” on this in his vault. He expressed his view that Orbán’s scarf embodied serious strategic problems, after he was asked why he criticised the Hungarian Prime Minister so sharply for his scarf depicting Greater Hungary.
Káčer’s recent statement has also caused an outcry in the largest ruling party, OĽaNO (Obyčajní ľudia a nezávislé osobnosti). Igor Matovič and György Gyimesi also held a joint press conference on Wednesday afternoon. During the press conference, the foreign minister was compared to Ján Slota. “Káčer is the sober Slota”, said Gyimesi, a statement repeated several times by Matovič.
“This is a serious accusation against one of our closest partners, with whom we share our longest common border,”
stated the President of OĽaNO.
According to Matovič and Gyimesi, the minister is spreading fake news, as Hungary does not threaten the territorial unity of Slovakia.
Gyimesi called on the minister to produce the file he was talking about or else apologise to Hungary. If the minister does not apologise, President Zuzana Čaputová will be asked if she wants to keep such a minister in office, according to the OĽaNO president.
“Minister Káčer is lying and deliberately misleading people,” Matovič said. He pointed out that even as the Slovak ambassador to Hungary, Káčer “did not behave in a completely correct way towards the host country”.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has often had to read “unfair statements” from the Slovak side. According to him, “unnecessary statements” are a burden on bilateral relations.
Káčer had said earlier that Slovaks, Romanians, and residents of Transcarpathia and Vojvodina had reason to be paranoid, which he justified by referring to the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office. He said that in Viktor Orbán’s, office there was a huge map of Great Hungary.