Review Hari Stefanatos
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to visit Slovenia today to attend a ceremony in memory of the Soviet World War II prisoners of war in Maribor, while he will also meet with his counterpart Karl Erjavec.
Both Lavrov and Erjavec are keynote speakers at a memorial ceremony for the Stalag XVIII D prisoner camp, which had been set up by the german occupying forces. The event will also be attending the Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikirofov.
During the meeting between the two men Lavrov will brief Erjavec on Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Austria as well as Russia’s positions on the South Stream pipeline, which will pass through Slovenia.
After his visit to Moscow last week, Erjavec had stated: “i have been reassured that Russia is interested in carrying out the South Stream project. They also made it very clear to me that their agreement with Austria would not affect the route through Slovenia”, to add that “the South Stream project in Slovenia will contribute to the increasing number of mutual investments”.
Erjavec has expressed his reservations regarding the new measures against Russia saying that “we know very well that no economic sanctions will solve any crisis”. The Slovenian FM had set the ground for Lavrov’s visit with his statements after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels in late June: ” I would like to say very clearly for the Slovenian public that US Secretary of State John Kerry supports dialogue and also the visit of Sergey Lavrov to Slovenia and expects that I will represent the positions of NATO and the EU in the talks”.