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Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs summons Chargé d´affaires of the Russian Embassy in the Slovak Republic

Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs summons Chargé d´affaires of the Russian Embassy in the Slovak Republic

16.8.2018 |

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic summoned the Chargé d´affaires ad interim (a.i.) of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Slovak Republic today (16 August 2018). The talks revolved around statements made by the Office of the Defence Attaché of the Russian Federation on the Facebook social network regarding the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that contradict the interest in developing good relations between the two countries.

The Chargé d´affaires of the Russian Federation was made aware that it is absolutely inadmissible that statements made by the Office of the Defence Attaché of the Russian Federation and representatives of the Russian Federation in the Slovak Republic intervene in the internal affairs of the Slovak Republic. The partner was strongly asked that the Embassy of the Russian Federation and its representative bodies base their statements solely on true and accurate information. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic expressed its concern over the fact that the Office of the Defence Attaché of the Russian Federation non-objectively evaluated the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – especially regarding the parts on activities of the Ukrainian armed forces in protecting the territory of Ukraine, while the parts on the participation of Russian citizens in the conflict in Ukraine were knowingly ignored, as well as exasperation regarding the parts accusing Slovak representatives of lying. The  Ministry also stated that Slovak foreign policy is predictable, transparent and based on a thorough analysis of facts. The Slovak Republic has always promoted and will continue to promote consistent investigation of crimes against humanity in all conflicts.