At the Three Seas Initiative, President Pahor told President Trump that he expected progress in relations between the West and the Russian Federation prior to his meeting with President Putin the following day

Warsaw, Poland, 6. 7. 2017 | press release

At the Three Seas Initiative, President Pahor told President Trump that he expected progress in relations between the West and the Russian Federation prior to his meeting with President Putin the following day.

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, attended the second summit of the Three Seas Initiative held in Warsaw in Poland.

In a discussion entitled “Transatlantic relations”, President Pahor presented his view of the relations between the West and the Russian Federation. The president emphasised that Slovenia was an active member of the EU and NATO. As such, it does not have any special relations with Russia, but they are good. At the last two meetings with President Putin in the past year, President Pahor realised that a dialogue between the West and Russia was the only peaceful and good alternative for its current foreign and security policy. In this context, President Pahor mentioned Ukraine, the Western Balkans and the Middle East. The President of the Republic of Slovenia expressed hope to President Trump that his meeting with the President of Russia, Putin, the following day, would result in connection, trust and joint solutions to global problems in favour of world peace and security.

In addition, the President of the Republic of Slovenia had a brief meeting with the President of the USA, Donald Trump. The President of the Republic of Slovenia invited President Trump and the First Lady, Melania Trump, to visit Slovenia. President Trump cordially accepted the invitation.

This informal Three Seas Initiative aims to enhance Central European cooperation and integration of the North and the South, i.e. from the Baltic and the Adriatic to the Black Sea. The meeting was attended by all twelve countries in the Initiative, which will be represented by presidents of Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia and Slovenia, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and a high representative of Austria, while a special guest of the meeting which focused on the discussion on transatlantic relations was the President of the USA, Donald Trump.

The main priorities of the Three Seas Initiative are: the development of transport connections in the region, which will contribute to its further integration and connectivity with the EU, the implementation of objectives of the EU energy policy, the promotion of economic cooperation among the countries in the region, and to ensure synergy with EU policies.
President Pahor at the Three Seas Initiative Summit
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA