Parliament's Speaker Andrej Danko will mark the anniversary of the end of the World War II in Europe in Russia.
Danko will travel to Moscow for bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart, Vyacheslav Volodin, whom he had called his personal friend in the past and took selfies with during their previous meetings.
This time around, Danko and Volodin are expected to talk about interparliamentary cooperation and a business mission that Danko is preparing for selected Slovak entrepreneurs who are supposed to travel with him to Russia in late June this year, Danko's spokesperson Tomas Kostelnik said.
Danko has been criticised for his contact with Volodin, who is featured on the sanctions list, in the past.
"It was a very nice surprise to receive the invitation. It is a show of immense respect that simply cannot be refused," Danko reacted, as quoted by Dennik N daily.
Danko has informed the Foreign Affairs Ministry about his travel to Russia and his attendance at the military parade that will take place at the Red Square on Thursday, May 9, when Russia celebrates its Victory over Fascism Day.
"He is not violating any directive or political position of the EU," Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák told journalists prior to the cabinet session on Tuesday, May 7, as quoted by the SITA newswire. However, he refused to answer whether he would accept such an invitation himself.
7. May 2019 at 22:05 | Compiled by Spectator staff