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Gašparovič: Human rights not on summit's main agenda

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič told a press conference February 21 it is unlikely that Slovakia and Russia will discuss the issue of human rights violations in Russia.

He said that talks between Slovak officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin would not be characterized by mutual criticism.

According to Gašparovič, human rights will not be a main focus of discussion between the US and Russian presidents or in Putin's talks with Slovak officials.

"I am confident that Bratislava will become a place where visions of further cooperation between Russia and the USA will gain a more concrete form," Gašparovič told assembled journalists.

Gašparovič said that the Bush-Putin meeting would also be significant because it takes place following the EU-US summit in Brussels.

This opens up the opportunity for the Russian and US leaders to discuss EU relations.

Prepared by Marta Ďurianová

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