Slovakia PM Robert Fico in Life-Threatening Condition After Attack, World Leaders React

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico

World Leaders react to Attack on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Handlova, Slovakia – An assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has drawn widespread condemnation from world leaders. The 59-year-old leader was shot multiple times on Wednesday in the town of Handlova and is in a life-threatening condition, according to a statement from his official social media page. A suspect has been detained by local authorities, who have sealed off the scene.



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World Leaders react to Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico being shot

President Joe Biden of the United States described the shooting as a “horrific act of violence,” expressing that he and First Lady Jill Biden are praying for Fico’s swift recovery and extended their thoughts to his family and the people of Slovakia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the attack as a “monstrous crime,” emphasizing that there can be no justification for such an act. Putin expressed hope that Fico’s courage and strong-mindedness would help him overcome the ordeal, wishing him a speedy and full recovery.


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also decried the “shocking attack,” with his spokesman Farhan Haq conveying that Guterres’s thoughts are with Fico and his loved ones during this difficult time.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen strongly condemned the “vile attack” on Fico, stating that such acts of violence undermine democracy and have no place in society. Her sentiments were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who expressed shock and solidarity with Fico, his family, and the Slovak people.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the attack as “cowardly” and expressed his deep shock. Scholz denounced violence in European politics and extended his support to Fico.

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also condemned the attack. Meloni emphasized her government’s strong stance against violence and its commitment to the principles of democracy and freedom, while Orban referred to Fico as a “friend” and offered prayers for his recovery.

Other notable reactions came from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who called Fico a “great friend” and expressed his prayers for Fico’s health, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who labeled the attack as horrifying and unjustifiable.


Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer highlighted the need to combat hatred and violence in democracies, recounting a recent conversation with Fico about security issues. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned against the normalization of violence, emphasizing the importance of maintaining peace and security.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack and extended his get-well wishes to the people and government of Slovakia, expressing hopes for Fico’s speedy recovery.

The global outcry reflects the high regard and concern for the stability of Slovakia and its leadership. As the investigation continues, the international community remains united in its condemnation of the violence and its support for Prime Minister Robert Fico.

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