Ambassador Bridget Brink
U.S. Relations With the Slovak Republic
The United States established diplomatic relations with the Slovak Republic in 1993, and provided assistance to support the rebuilding of a healthy democracy and market economy. The United States and Slovakia have strong diplomatic ties and cooperate in the military and law enforcement areas. Slovakia has been a close North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ally since it joined the Alliance in 2004. The two countries have a mutual commitment to freedom and human rights. Slovakia has shared its experience in democratic transition with emerging democracies around the world and has been a role model for other countries on the path to Transatlantic integration.
U.S. Assistance to Slovakia
The goal of U.S. security assistance to Slovakia is to support Slovakia’s modernization efforts, contributions to NATO and United Nations (UN) operations, and regional stability. U.S. assistance provided support to Slovakia’s development of a professional armed forces and enhanced interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces. U.S. assistance seeks to help Slovakia consolidate its gains and maintain its development as a positive and stabilizing influence among its neighbors, in the region, and globally.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Slovakia is a member of the European Union (EU), and its major trading partners are European countries. The U.S. economic relationship with the EU is the largest and most complex in the world, and the United States and the EU continue to pursue initiatives to create new opportunities for transatlantic commerce.