Sofia, Bulgaria – The caretaker government of Bulgaria strongly condemned the recent shooting attack on Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, expressing wishes for his swift recovery and strength for his family. Reports from the Slovak government confirmed that an assassination attempt had been made on Fico, with details of his condition being withheld. The incident, characterized by the firing of shots and Fico being shot in the abdomen, led to his immediate transport to a hospital and the detention of a suspect.

As news of the attack spread, leaders from across Europe voiced their condemnation and support for Fico. Bulgarian President Roumen Radev decried the assault as a threat to democratic stability in Europe, emphasizing the need to reject such violence. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola also joined in denouncing the attack, calling for solidarity with Fico and his family during this challenging time.

European Council President Charles Michel echoed the sentiments of shock and condemnation, underscoring the unacceptable nature of political violence and expressing solidarity with the Prime Minister. The European Commissioner from Bulgaria, Iliana Ivanova, emphasized the incompatibility of such acts with democratic values and the principles of the European Union. Even Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed shock and dismay at the incident, offering well wishes for Fico’s recovery and expressing solidarity with the people of Slovakia.

The event serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threats faced by political figures and the importance of upholding democratic values in the face of adversity. The international outpouring of support for Fico underscores the interconnectedness of European leadership and the need for unity in condemning acts of violence. As Fico’s condition remains critical, the global community stands united in solidarity and condemnation of this brutal attack.