Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Russian Defence Minister to attend SNP commemoration instead of Putin

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin will not attend the official celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in Banská Bystrica. Instead, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu will come, SNP Museum in Banská Bystrica director Stanislav Mičev confirmed to the SITA newswire on August 20.

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin will not attend the official celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in Banská Bystrica. Instead, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu will come, SNP Museum in Banská Bystrica director Stanislav Mičev confirmed to the SITA newswire on August 20.

Putin was invited to the celebrations by former president Ivan Gašparovič who was addressing presidents of states whose nationals helped liberate Slovakia in 1944 and 1945. This includes also Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Czech President Miloš Zeman and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Mičev said that Zeman and Komorowski have already confirmed they will come, SITA wrote.

Shoygu became defence minister in 2012. At the time media described him as close ally of Putin who accompanies him during fishing, hunting and skydiving expeditions. He allegedly seldom gives interviews and his basic characteristic is he is “firmly loyal”, SITA wrote.

Neither analyst with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA) Alexander Duleba, nor Central European Political Institute (CEPI) Balázs Jarábik saw a problem in Shoygu’s participation. According to Duleba, it would be worse if the Russian minister was on the list of people sanctioned by the European Union, the Sme daily reported.

After the August 20 session of the government, Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák claimed that representative of Russia will attend the celebrations in Banská Bystrica, but refused to specify his name.

“Only a big cynic could doubt the contribution of the Red Army on liberating Czechoslovakia,” Lajčák said, as quoted by SITA.

When asked by the journalists whether Prime Minister Robert Fico does not harm the reputation of Slovakia when criticising the sanctions both the EU and Russia have imposed, Lajčák said that “Slovakia has always behaved as responsible partner”.

“No prime minister is pleased by the perspective that the GDP would fall and the unemployment would increase,” the minister continued, as quote by SITA.

Source: SITA, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

We want a decent Slovakia, people chanted in squares

On the eve of the Velvet Revolution anniversary, people protested in the thousands, calling for a decent Slovakia.

Bratislava protest November 16, 2018

What we didn't know about our freedom

In 1989, we thought that once the job was done, we would only go out to the squares for Sunday walks.

November 1989 in Bratislava

Bratislava gets a taste of international poetry Video

The international poetry festival Ars Poetica will host poetry readings and other performances at various sites in the city.

Camilla Nelson

Fico sticks with his old-style politics

Only the former PM knows whether the inspiration for his latest stunt was the success of the For A Decent Slovakia-supported candidates in the municipal elections.