Slovakia is one of the most Russia-dependent countries in both oil & gas.
In the negotiations on the upcoming oil ban, the European Commission proposed a 1-year exemption for Slovakia, but Economy Minister Richard Sulík demanded it is raised to 3 years.
In his speech to MPs, Zelensky said: «I understand that this is difficult for you,» but stressed the need for sanctions, saying that Russia has long tried to make Ukraine dependent on Russian gas.
«We would like our European friends to escape this, to not be so dependent on Russian gas,» he added.
Zelensky also thanked Slovakia for its continued help.
«It would be good for other countries in Europe and the world to learn from you», he said.
The country is dependent on Russian gas and there is a chance it could be completely cut off from supplies around May 20 when Gazprom is scheduled to receive payment for the next invoice if it is not paid in rubles.