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  • Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico announced that he returned to work on Tuesday
  • He arrived at the meeting via a tunnel
  • Fico and Hungarian Prime Minister Orban support peace talks with Russia in Ukraine
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Robert Fico, Slovakian Prime Minister. EPA-ELTA

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico announced that he returned to work on Tuesday

This comes almost two months after he was shot four times by a gunman on 15 May.

Robert Fico, 59, was shot at close range after a government meeting in central Slovakia. He underwent two lengthy operations at a nearby hospital. The attacker, identified by the Slovak media as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, was arrested. The attack on the Prime Minister was initially investigated as an assassination attempt but was later reclassified as a terrorist attack.

Fico leads a tripartite coalition comprising his own centrist Smer-SD party, the centrist Hlas party and the far-right SNS party.

He arrived at the meeting via a tunnel

According to Slovak media, Fico arrived at Tuesday's cabinet meeting using a tunnel to avoid journalists.

"Dear progressive liberal media and opposition, I'm sorry I survived, but I'm back," Fico said on Facebook, while sharing a photo of himself in his office.

Fico and Hungarian Prime Minister Orban support peace talks with Russia in Ukraine

When Fico came to power last autumn, Slovakia refused to continue its military support to Ukraine, which Russia attacked. The Prime Minister himself, like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is in favor of peace talks with Russia. Fico's cabinet also raised eyebrows when it approved bills that are considered to jeopardize judicial and media freedom.

Fico was released from hospital on 31 May and made his first public appearance last Friday, when he attended a ceremony near Bratislava. He gave a speech welcoming Orban's controversial visit to Moscow, saying he "would have been happy to join him" if his health had allowed it. Fico also called on Slovakia to build a wall to protect against "progressive and liberal ideologies", comparing them to cancer.

R. Fico walks on a crutch after the assassination attempt. He has also become noticeably thinner.

Based on ELTA reports