News 2015

Slovenian pro-Russian foreign policy steers away from the European Union foreign and security policy

21.09.2015

  • Slovenian Government hosted the first official Russian visit to an EU country since the Russian occupation of Crimea
  • Slovenian PM Cerar and Russian PM Medvedev agreed in a joint press conference that lifting sanctions against Russia, introduced by the EU is “is in everyone’s interest and important for peace”
  • Milan Kučan, the last president of the League of Slovenian Communists and the first Slovenian President, accused the EU of responsibility for the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

On 27th of July 2015 Miro Cerar, the Slovenian Prime-Minister hosted Dimitry Medvedev, the Prime-Minister of Russia, in what was the first official Russian visit to an EU country since the Russian occupation of Crimea in early 2014. Medvedev also met Parliament Speaker Milan Brglez and President Borut Pahor.

Russian President Vladimir Putin scored an important diplomatic victory and temporarily broke the EU’s blockade with the official visit of Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev in Ljubljana. Putin’s international propaganda offensive, with which he tries to achieve the lifting of EU sanctions on Russia, unfortunately fell on fertile grounds in Slovenia, where both leaders in a joint press conference agreed that lifting sanctions “is in everyone’s interest and important for peace”. The two sides signed a number of agreements on cooperation and economic programmes.

By keeping quite and not defending the European Union while Medvedev criticized the EU policies and sanctions against Russia, PM Cerar quietly agreed with Medvedev’s statements, altho Mr Cerar voted in the European Council for sanctions to be implemented. Instead of being quiet, Cerar should explain to Medvedev and journalists why the sanctions were imposed in the first place and why the EU will never allow a policy, which occupied Crimea.

Medvedev also attended the annual commemoration at the Russian Chapel for the Russian POWs who died in the Julian Alps in 1916. This profoundly honourable commemoration was abused by Milan Kučan, the last president of the League of Slovenian Communists and later the Slovenian President, who accused the EU of responsibility for the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. Milan Kučan, Miro Cerar and Dimitry Medvedev all spoke at the event.

This kind of conduct of the Slovenian Government is endangering the European peace and security. By somehow siding with Russia, Slovenia is also wasting valuable democratic alliances. Slovenian Government regretfully steered its foreign policy to an absurd path, which is harming the country. Slovenian citizens have never witnessed such sabotage of the Slovenian national interests, as the one staged by PM Miro Cerar and Milan Kučan at the end of July. Judging by the Government’s foreign policy, Slovenia really seems like a Russian oasis in the hearth of the EU.