Soros rejects claims by Slovak PM he interferes in Slovakia

March 6, 2018
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico issues a statement on the current political situation in Bratislava Monday, March 5, 2018. A political storm in Slovakia deepened Monday, with Prime Minister Robert Fico accusing the country's president of destabilizing the country in the wake of the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.( Dano Veselský/TASR via AP)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros has rejected claims by Slovakia’s prime minister that he is involved in an attempt to destabilize the government.

Prime Minister Robert Fico said Monday that Soros has somehow used his influence to influence President Andrej Kiska at a meeting last September.

Fico says Soros has played a part in Kiska’s calls for changes in the government or early elections to resolve the country’s political crisis following the recent slaying of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova.

Soros spokesman Michael Vachon says “Mr. Soros played no role in President Kiska’s recent speech nor in recent demonstrations in Slovakia.”

Vachon said their meeting, attended by some aides was about how to help better integrate the Roma community in Slovakia.

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