BRATISLAVA , Slovakia, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The military conflict in Ukraine could expand into a larger war involving other European countries, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico warned.
Fico, speaking at an economic conference in Bratislava Wednesday, said the situation in Ukraine, Slovakia's neighbor to the east, could escalate beyond borders.
"There is a 70 percent probability of a military conflict. I'm talking about a large military conflict. I'm not talking about a Russia-Ukraine conflict," he said.
He called the current situation in Ukraine, in which Western powers have accused Russia of providing troops and military equipment, "unsustainable," and added he saw the conflict as a geopolitical battle between Russia and the United States, in which the European Union has a "third-class" role. He recommended Ukraine be allowed to enter the European Union, but said suggestions that Ukraine join NATO are "needless provocations."
Slovakia is a member of both the EU and NATO.
Fico added a peaceful settlement should be encouraged by all involved parties and observers, adding, "If there are any people in Europe ready to take on roles of peacemakers, then the Slovak government must also join them."