Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Juraj Blanar, Antalya


It is a pleasure to meet you. We are observing the formation of Slovakia’s new government and the renewed emphasis on national interests in its foreign policy. We prefer to collaborate with states where elected governments give top priority to national interests, as Slovakia, Hungary and many other countries do. We respect this.

We understand that, in addition to being a sovereign state, Slovakia is also a member of EU and NATO, which entails certain issues. In this regard, we appreciate even more the ability of Prime Minister Robert Fico and his government to form their own opinion on the global situation.

We are grateful for the invitation extended by Robert Fico to the descendants of the Slovak National Uprising participants to attend the 80th anniversary celebration of that event in August 2024. The President of Russia described it as a humane gesture, and we highly appreciate it. 

We look forward to the resumption of interparliamentary relations. Both chambers of our parliament have always been open to such contacts. There is a group for cooperation with Slovak legislators. As far as I know, this work has been suspended or terminated altogether in your parliament. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has a long-standing relationship with Deputy Speaker of the National Council of Slovakia Andrej Danko, including when he held other positions.

BY: Source Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia