ORGANIZING the summit between the US and Russian presidents signals the overcoming of a certain feeling of insignificance for Slovakia, said Oľga Gyarfášová of the Institute of Public Affairs (IVO).
According to Gyarfášová, opinion polls show that the majority of people perceive the summit in Bratislava positively.
They also realize its significance, as Slovakia only rarely becomes the venue for important global events, the news wire TASR reported.
Slovaks are mainly interested in what benefits this event can bring to the country.
Grigorij Mesežnikov, of IVO, said that Slovakia has a chance to benefit in the long term.
He cited the issue of visas to the US and benefits in the economic field.
Thanks to the summit Slovakia is at the centre of world attention. Reports from international journalists writing about Slovakia can raise the country's prestige.
IVO says the summit is taking place in Slovakia at a time when the country has something to offer and it is experiencing positive development.
According to IVO, breaking myths is one of the reasons why the summit is taking place in the Slovak Republic.
Slovakia is becoming a "likeable country" which, at the end of the day, brings economic investments.Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
23. Feb 2005 at 17:02