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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of the Vice President's Call with Slovak President Andrej Kiska

Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Slovak President Andrej Kiska today about bilateral relations, the NATO summit, and the crisis in Ukraine.  The Vice President noted the strong bilateral relationship between Slovakia and the United States, and congratulated President Kiska on Slovakia’s Constitution Day on September 1.  The Vice President also reaffirmed the United States’ steadfast commitment to NATO’s collective defense under Article 5, and welcomed President Kiska’s support for strengthening the transatlantic relationship and for Slovakia’s contributions to NATO.  President Kiska noted that today the reverse flow of gas had begun between Slovakia and Ukraine, which can help Ukraine meet some of its energy needs.  The two leaders also discussed the need to continue to impose consequences on Russia for its aggressive acts in Ukraine.