BRATISLAVA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Slovak Ambassador to Russia Jozef Migas said on Saturday that he hopes that the gas crisis from early 2009 won't be repeated.
"I hope there won't be any such problems that would get us into a difficult situation similar to the one in 2009," said Migas at a press conference in Bratislava after the Slovak-Russia business forum with Russian ambassador to Slovakia Pavel Kuznecov in attendance on Saturday.
"Russia remains a reliable supplier of gas and oil to Slovakia. Russia didn't cause the gas crisis in 2009. If Slovakia is concerned about the potential disruption of gas supplies it should turn to Brussels and Kiev, not to Russia. Russian Federation for its part will do everything it can to avoid a repeat of previous gas crises," added Kuznecov.
Slovak-Russian business forum was held in the Historical Building of Parliament in Bratislava on Friday under the auspices of Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak.
In his opening address, Lajcak described the forum as a viable form of economic co-operation between the two countries and emphasized that the importance of the forum lies in specific projects.
He expressed his firm belief that Slovakia and Russia will be able to overcome these tense relations. "First and foremost, we need to restore the mutual trust, which is vital not only in politics, but also in carrying out business and investment projects," said Lajcak.
The business forum was attended by about 200 representatives of Russian and Slovak businesses as well as government sector.