Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico denounced the European Union's sanctions against Russia on Friday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin the previous evening.
"Personally, I think it's time to consider the sanctions rationally and say they are harmful to both the EU and Russia," Fico said in a post on his Facebook page.
The sanctions "have resulted in absolutely nothing for the sensitive issues they were supposed to impact. With Putin yesterday, we agreed that our common goal is to revitalize commerce."
Fico has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the sanctions, imposed over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis.
Fico was scheduled on Friday to meet with several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the staunchest supports of the sanctions.
He was set to participate in talks with the so-called Visegrad Group, which comprises Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Slovakia currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union.