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A roundup of recent Slovak-Russian relations

October 18, 2004 - During an official visit by Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan to Moscow his Russian counterpart Sergej Lavrov offered thanks for the solidarity and help Slovakia gave following the tragic events of the Beslan school siege.
hostage drama in Beslan.

October 18, 2004 - During an official visit by Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan to Moscow his Russian counterpart Sergej Lavrov offered thanks for the solidarity and help Slovakia gave following the tragic events of the Beslan school siege.

During the meeting Lavrov stated that the accession of Slovakia into NATO and the European Union had no negative impact on bilateral relations.

September 4, 2004 - Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič extended his condolences to the families of victims of the hostage drama in Beslan.

July 1 - 2, 2003 - Then Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov visited Bratislava and congratulated Slovakia on its EU integration efforts.

April 7 - 9, 2003 - Slovak PM Mikuláš Dzurinda visited the Russian Federation and met his counterpart, Michail Kasianov. Their talks concentrated mainly on the development of political and business relations. They also signed an inter-governmental agreement on vehicle transportation.

June 18, 2002 - A three-way meeting between Foreign Affairs Ministers Kukan and Ivanov, as well as Russian government office chief Igor Shuvalov, took place in Moscow to discuss deepening business cooperation between the two countries, especially in the energy field.

March 19, 2002 - Slovak President Rudolf Schuster met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin. Topics discussed included the settlement of Russia's debt to Slovakia and the development of bilateral relations.

January 29, 2002 - The Slovak Economy Ministry, the Slovak National Property Fund and Russian oil giant Yukos, signed a contract for the sale of 49 percent shares in Slovak oil pipeline operator Transpetrol. Yukos paid $74 million (€57.09 million).

November 11 - 13, 2001 - Slovak President Schuster made an official visit to the Russian Federation and talked to President Putin and Prime Minister Kasianov on the development of bilateral relations, especially in the business sphere. Schuster also took part in a conference with Russian and Slovak businessmen and visited Moscow University.

November 1 - 2, 2001 - Russian Federation Speaker of Parliament (state Duma) Seleznov, met Slovak President Schuster and his Slovak counterpart Jozef Migaš. They talked about strengthening mutual cooperation between the two countries.

January 31, 2001 - Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Ivanov, Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and Speaker of the Slovak parliament Jozef Migaš met in Slovakia and talked about the settlement of Russian debt.

February 20, 1999 - Ivan Bella, the first Slovak astronaut, was a member of the crew that took off from the Russian space centre Bajkonur, in Kazakhstan. The Russians granted Bella's membership of the crew as part of the settlement of Russian debt to Slovakia.


Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from TASR reports

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