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Korčok: “In the time of conflicts and instability, it is our obligation to maintain a firm transatlantic alliance”

Korčok: “In the time of conflicts and instability, it is our obligation to maintain a firm transatlantic alliance”

22.9.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok wrapped up his working visit to the USA on Friday (22 September) with two bilateral meetings at the US Department of State. 
In talks with Sue Saarnio, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Korčok confirmed the negative stance of Slovakia towards the announced construction of the North Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipeline and argued for continuing in cooperation in diversification of energy resources, including the import of the liquefied natural gas to Europe and its further distribution within the European Union. “We continue to perceive the NS2 as a project that does not promote the energy security of Europe, as this is still the same source of gas.   At the same time Slovakia is actively engaged in preserving the gas supplies via the corridor from Russia through Ukraine to Europe, and other Central and Eastern European countries,” said the State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry in this regard.  Then they exchanged views on some EU issues.
 
The current developments in the European Union also in the context of the Euro-Atlantic relations dominated the Korčok´s meeting with Conrad Tribble, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the European Union. Initially they broached Brexit developments, especially following British PM Theresa May´s Florence speech today and the upcoming elections in Germany on Sunday. “As for Brexit, our position remains the same: first the exit and settling the related issues, and only then can we discuss the transition period and the establishing of further relations. However, we remain convinced that it is unrealistic to think that the post-Brexit United Kingdom will have the same conditions as it has as an EU member,” said Korčok.
 
Korčok also talked with Tribble about the Slovakia’s defense expenditures looking forward to 2020 and the modernization of the Slovak armed forces vis-à-vis the prepared security strategy and the defense strategy of the Slovak Republic.  In this regard he recalled the importance of the transatlantic tie: “In times marked by conflicts and international instability, it is our obligation to maintain the firm transatlantic alliance as a guarantee of our security," stated Korčok.
 
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic wrapped up his working visit to the USA on Friday early evening and left for home.