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Dmitry Medvedev's conversation with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor

Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Dmitry Medvedev's conversation with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor

Dmitry Medvedev: Mr President, I am happy to meet you again. Time flies so fast, we seem to have been at your place quite recently. We had both good negotiations and some interesting encounters. Whereas now the situation is quite different – both in the world and even the place in which we are meeting is also different. Let us speak about the Russia-Slovenia relations, and, of course, about international issues.

Borut Pahor (via interpreter): Mr Prime Minister, I am as happy to meet you and speak with you as I was half a year before. I am very happy that we can meet and have this conversation. You know that Slovenia is traditionally friendly towards Russian-Slovenia relations. Even though we are an EU and a NATO member and we somewhat differ in our opinions, and this pushes us apart. As the President of Slovenia I hope that the international community, primarily the USA and Russia, can reach common ground in solving the most pressing international issues. That is the reason I welcome the recent Munich agreement on Syria. I am aware that it is not yet a solution, but it is something that leads to solving one of those issues. I am naturally interested in your perspective on how we solve this problem.

Dmitry Medvedev: Much better than, say, a few days ago. Yet it is just the very beginning of our work. We have to care more about each other, to heed each other’s arguments, to carry out agreements, to avoid threatening each other with anything, since, even despite the agreements at hand, we are told that if we do not do something, then a ground operation will follow, and so on. This is not exactly the turnaround we expect from these negotiations. I understand there are media genre laws, but settling the situation, developing an inter-Syrian dialogue and reaching a ceasefire should be made the top priorities. Let us speak about these issues.


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