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Korčok on developments in Syria and importance of the political dialog with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Slovak Republic

Korčok on developments in Syria and importance of the political dialog with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Slovak Republic

13.7.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok  today (13 July 2017) received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Alexey Fedotov, with whom he discussed bilateral, as well as current issues involving global politics. Bilaterally, they spoke about the stable and developing political dialog between the two countries at all levels, which was also attested to by the June visit of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister to the Russian Federation. They positively appreciated the existing development of the cooperation in education and culture, as well as the fact that there is an increase of the number of exchange students in both countries.  In the economic area, the conclusions of the 18th session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Slovak Republic and the Russian Federation (April 2017) were positively appreciated and bilateral interest in realizing the signed treaties was expressed.
 
State Secretary Korčok appreciated development of cooperation between the individual regions and cities of both countries, which has recently seen a steady increase. These forms of cooperation create scope for interpersonal communication and mutual understanding. He was saddened by the information that the Russian Federation has stopped paying its membership fees to the Council of Europe and called upon all the parties involved to search for a solution to the situation.
 
They also discussed current developments in Syria after deescalating the tensions in the territory of the Syrian governorates of Daraa, Suwayda and Quneitra last week. "We definitively condemn the use of poison gases against civilians in Syria. The Slovak Republic promotes the transparent and objective investigation of all the cited cases involving the use of toxic gas within the existing mechanism and punishing the culprits,” said Korčok regarding the objections of the Russian Federation to the report of the inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the two cases of gas attacks in Syria.  He also appreciated the activities of the US and the Russian Federation towards de-escalation of the tensions and stopping the fighting in Syria.