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Bratislava – The possibility of negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine in Bratislava, mentioned by the elected president Peter Pellegrini in his speech on the occasion of Victory Day over fascism on May 8th, is music for the future. Journalist Juraj Hrabko stated this on TASR TV.

Hrabko pointed out that the current visions of the Russian and Ukrainian sides on what peace should look like are so different that they won’t meet at the same negotiating table even at the June peace conference in Switzerland. Hence, the idea of a meeting in Bratislava is purely theoretical at this time, according to Hrabko.

Regarding Pellegrini’s words that Slovakia has experience with a similar summit, Hrabko noted that the meeting of the American and Russian president in Bratislava in 2005 was a great success of Slovak diplomacy. “As the Prime Minister then, Mikuláš Dzurinda organized it. It was a big event, every country envied us for it then. They would envy us this as well if it could be organized in Bratislava, but that is music for the future,” stated Hrabko.

Pellegrini, on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, during his speech at the SNP Museum in Banská Bystrica emphasized that European politicians, including those from Slovakia, face a major challenge, that is, to secure peace in Ukraine and thereby in Europe. He also mentioned that if necessary, he would offer Bratislava for peace talks, which already has experience with a similar summit. (May 11th)