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Slovaks not invited to celebrations in China

NO SLOVAK top representative has been invited to attend celebrations of the end of World War II in China.

PM Robert Fico(Source: SME)

The country has, however, invited top politicians from both the Czech Republic and Poland, the Sme daily reported.

“The President’s Office does not register any official invitation of the president to attend the celebrations in China,” President Andrej Kiska’s spokesperson Roman Krpelan told Sme.

The Government’s Office sent similar responses.

It is possible that the only European leader going to China will be Czech President Miloš Zeman, who has already confirmed he is going. He and Slovak PM Robert Fico appeared together at the May celebrations of V-Day in Moscow. At the time, Kiska refused to go, citing the conflict in Ukraine as a reason, Sme wrote.

Polish President-Elect Andrzej Duda, who will be appointed on August 6, has not responded to the invitation yet.

A source from the Slovak diplomatic community told Sme that no specific reasons may be behind the missing invitation for Slovakia.

“China is perceptive and knows about the European Union’s approach, and that Slovakia would probably not accept the invitation,” the source said.

Another politician who reportedly did not receive an invitation is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The EU leaders plan to avoid the celebrations, also due to the tension between China and Japan. They will also boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his country annexing the Crimean peninsula in 2014, according to Sme.

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