Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova has allowed the first seven Slovaks to participate in conflict on the side of Ukraine.
That’s according to the Slovak news outlet Pravda, Ukrinform reports.
“As of Monday, January 9, the president issued a total of 26 decisions, of which seven allow and 19 do not allow service in a foreign army,” Martin Strizinec, the president’s spokesperson, told Pravda.
The report notes that Slovak legislation considers joining the armed forces of a foreign country as a criminal offense punishable by up to ten years in prison. To obtain the appropriate permission, it is necessary to contact the president of the country.
Several European countries, such as Denmark and Latvia, immediately allowed their citizens to participate in the conflict.