Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Lajčák meets Kerry to talk Ukraine

FOREIGN Minister Miroslav Lajčák met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on March 20 to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Kerry also briefed his counterpart on US sanctions against Russia that were approved earlier that day.

FOREIGN Minister Miroslav Lajčák met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on March 20 to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Kerry also briefed his counterpart on US sanctions against Russia that were approved earlier that day.

“They informed me about [the sanctions],” Lajčák said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. It was later revealed that another 20 individuals and Russia’s Rossiya bank will be sanctioned, TASR wrote.

Lajčák and Kerry also discussed the need to send the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Ukraine in order to make sure the information on whatever is going on there is objective. Kerry also enquired about the issue of a reverse gas flow through Slovakia to Ukraine.

In addition, the two politicians talked about the EU-US summit that will take place in Brussels next week, and the NATO summit scheduled for September, with Lajčák lending support to the so-called ‘open door policy’, which means further enlargement of the alliance. A serious candidate for joining NATO at the moment is Georgia.

Lajčák then invited Kerry and US Vice-President Joe Biden to visit Slovakia. Previously, Biden also received an invitation from Prime Minister Robert Fico during his November visit in the White House. He accepted, but the date for the visit has not been set yet.

Lajčák said that Kerry may attend the annual international security conference Globsec in Bratislava in mid-May, celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) on August 29, or a Visegrad Group (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) event, which will be presided over by Slovakia as of July.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Blog: Why did I come here?

A group of teachers and students from the Bratislava-based school gathered to support their friend, colleague, and fellow foreigner, as she had already tried four times just to get in the door of the foreign police.

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Teachers and scientist support anti-corruption march

They praise the activities of students who may change the current state of corruption.

Organisers of the first student protest, Karolína Farská and Dávid Straka.