Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs on the official visit in Moscow

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Last week, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Karl Erjavec and his Russian counterpart held a meeting, where the thorniest questions of the economics and politics were discussed.

Last week Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karl Erjavec, arrived for an official visit to Moscow. During his visit, Karl Erjavec held meetings with his counterpart , the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov and the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Nikolai Nikiforov. At a meeting with Sergei Lavrov  the positive dynamic in the development of bilateral relations was recognized. Last year, the trade between the two countries amounted to two billion dollars. This year, it is expected that these figures will be even higher.

One of the topics of the meeting was resent memorandum signed between Russia and Austria, especially in relation to the project "South steam", which is scheduled to pass through Slovenia. Sergey Lavrov assured that еру memorandum between Russia and Austria will have not affect on the earlier agreements regarding the project "South steam"

As to the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, Erjavec reiterated his that Slovenia supports conflict resolution peacefully, with the help of dialogue. Sergei Lavrov, in his turn, assured that Moscow supports only political negotiations in Ukrain, but the new president of the country is obliged to stop attacks on the east and south of the country .

Sergej Lavrov will arrive on the return visit to Slovenia on July 8 th. He will attend the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the memory of Russian victims who died in Slovenia during the First and Second World War. Nikolai Nikiforov, in turn, will attend the commemoration in Russian solders in Russin Chappel on Vršič on July 27.

In recent years, Slovenia began to develop bilateral relations not only with the EU countries and the countries of the former Yugoslavia, but also with those outside Europe. Currently the Ministry of development and technology has provided several countries, cooperation with which is a priority for Slovenia. These include Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan , China, India and Turkey .

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