The meeting of heads of state is organized by Slovakia as part of its presidency of the Visegrad countries. Their meeting takes place once a year, always in the fall. Next year it will take place in the Czech Republic, which will take over the V4 presidency from Slovakia.
The upcoming meeting is divided into two blocks, separated by a working lunch. According to Jindrák, the presidents will discuss two main topics, namely the current security situation related to the war in Ukraine and energy issues. Jindrák noted that the selected agenda corresponds to the importance and attention that all Member States give to the given topics.
The meeting of the V4 heads of state is the first high-level meeting of Visegrad representatives since the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. “It is a good opportunity to exchange views on the events in Ukraine. And there will certainly be an interesting discussion with Hungarian President (Katalin) Nováková,” added Jindrák, referring to Hungary’s different view of the Ukrainian crisis in some aspects. While the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia are among the main countries supporting Ukraine, Hungary, for example, has been subject to anti-Russian sanctions.
According to Jindrák, it is possible that the politicians will discuss other current topics during the meeting and also address the domestic political situation in individual countries. He also emphasized the symbolic level of the meeting, when the heads of state demonstrate to the citizens during the meeting that they are interested in the Visegrad cooperation format.
While the V4 summit in Bratislava in October will be the premiere for Nováková after taking office in May, it will be the last day for Zeman. According to Jindrák, it will therefore be an opportunity to say goodbye to his presidential colleagues, as he does not plan to go to Poland or Hungary before the end of his term.
Zeman had to limit his foreign travel due to his health. After being hospitalized last year, he said doctors had banned him from making long flights. According to Jindrák, it has not yet been decided whether he will fly to Bratislava or drive by car. It will depend on the opinion of the doctors.
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