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Kukan says summit is "gold medal" for Slovak foreign policy

SLOVAK Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan sees the visit to Slovakia of Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin as a "gold medal" for Slovakia's foreign policy.

However, during a televized debate on February 20 on private Markíza TV, Kukan confirmed that Slovakia should not expect a complete drop of the visa regime for Slovaks travelling to the United States, following the summit, news wire SITA wrote.

"Let's be realistic. We can expect something similar to Poland," added Kukan.

During the talks, Slovak officials will assure the US president that Slovakia intends to remain a loyal ally of the United States and contribute to the global fight against terrorism.

Although Kukan would welcome the signing of a concrete agreement during the summit, he did not confirm rumours of this.

Speculation in the media suggests that the United States and Russian presidents will sign a nuclear non-proliferation agreement in Bratislava.

However, according to Foreign Minister Kukan, the reason behind the summit is to reduce tensions in relations between the USA and Russia.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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