Sergei Mironov, the Speaker of the Federation Council (the upper house of the Russian Parliament) was enthusiastic about the potential for bilateral cooperation between the two countries during his visit to Slovakia on May 4, the TASR newswire reported.
"The amount of $7 billion last year speaks volumes, and this might not represent the ceiling," Mironov said in reference to the trade turnover between the two countries.
After meeting Slovak Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík he said there is further scope for bolstering cooperation at the regional level. He has invited a Slovak delegation to a forum devoted to this issue that will take place in Siberia in September. Sulík expressed his belief that Russia is a fair supplier, despite the gas crisis that hit Slovakia in mid-winter two years ago during a dispute between Russia and Ukraine, TASR wrote.
The two parliamentary heads also discussed removing visa obligations between Russia and the EU. Sulík said that Slovakia will not stand in the way of that process. Regarding the possible construction of a broad-gauge railway through Slovakia, Sulík said that Slovakia will not contribute finances to the project even though it has the country’s overall support. Regarding the issue of nuclear energy, Sulik stated that Slovakia did not fly into panic after the accident at Japan’s Fukushima reactors, unlike countries such as Germany.
Before their meeting with Sulik, the Russian delegation laid wreaths at the Slavín World War II memorial in Bratislava and spoke with war veterans. Mironov also held a lecture at Comenius University about Russia and Slovakia in the context of European politics, the university told The Slovak Spectator.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. May 2011 at 14:00