Exerpts from the interview of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Slovenia H.E. Timur R. Eyvazov for Radio Television Slovenia to follow up on the International Conference "Road to Victory"
Question: About today's conference - what insights from 75 years ago, should we be aware of today?
Answer: Well, in my opinion, the main lesson we all should take from this horrible tragedy, the Second World War, is that it should never be repeated. Our humanity, under no circumstances could let something like this happen again. This was the goal when the United Nations was created after the Second World War. To ensure lasting peace and collective security. We need to take every measure to uphold the existing mechanisms that provide this security for humanity.
Q.: So countries, in your opinion, do they know how to stand together with today's common enemies. It seems there is not a lot of unity against, let us say, fight against terrorism, human rights, climate. Should countries, do countries, know how to stand together?
A.: You know, I would very much like to answer yes to your question, because I am an optimist. Of course, looking at what is going on in the world, sometimes it is difficult to continue to be an optimist; nevertheless, I think that this current pandemic should act as a wakeup call for everybody. It should make everybody understand that, without international cooperation, without coordination and helping other countries other people, humanity will find itself in a very difficult situation. The fact is, we hear what scientists are saying this pandemic may not be the last. And the world today is interconnected with millions of links. A lot of people are travelling around the globe, billions of tons of cargo travel around the world in international trade. And in this globalized world the humanity cannot survive without global coordination and cooperation. So, this is the lesson that we should take from this pandemic situation and it should be equally applied to other challenges that you've mentioned like terrorism and climate.
Q.: You went straight to my third question. It is almost like a traditional question for other ambassadors. So how do you assess in light of all the pandemic and all the bilateral relationships, how do you assess Slovenian-Russian relationship. We are talking at the time when our Prime Minister is in Israel; our foreign minister is in the USA. How do you assess the Slovenian-Russian relations?
A.: I think the relations are quite good. They have been developing very well in the last years. There is a big interest in Slovenia and in Russia to cooperate, increase exchanges, cultural exchanges. Our annual trade is quite a substantial figure. I am quite optimistic about the future. This year was very difficult for international cooperation, for diplomacy. We were unable to realize many projects that we had been planning. Nevertheless, we held the traditional annual meeting at the Russian Chapel at Vršič pass in July, which was attended by President Borut Pahor, other Slovenian dignitaries and members of Slovenian cabinet. So, I'm quite optimistic and hope that as this pandemic recedes we will be able to proceed with developing our relations further - economic, cultural and political.