Danko: Euroasian Summit to Be Held in Slovakia Once Sanctions Are Lifted

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Parliamentary chair Andrej Danko (stock photo taken from Danko's Facebook page)

Antalya, October 9 (TASR-correspondent) – The international community bears witness to dynamic changes, characterised by the unprecedented rise in international trade, yet the dark side to it is the concomitant fickle character of ties between the great powers and a number of security, social and environmental challenges, Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko said in his speech at the parliamentary summit of Euroasian states held in Turkish Antalya on Tuesday.

“Economic cooperation is an extremely important aspect of contemporary international relations. It was the trade that opened the doors for political contacts many times in history in a positive, but, unfortunately, also negative sense. It has become the source of prosperity and modernisation, but often the source of tension and military conflict as well,” claimed Danko.

According to Danko, Slovakia attempts to develop multi-vector foreign policies, boasts experience with numerous presidencies in international organisations and is a reliable foreign partner. Therefore, Bratislava stands ready to aid Russia and South Korea as main organisers of Euroasian parliamentary summits in developing ties between European and Asian countries.

A few months ago, Bratislava was considered as the venue of the third Euroasian parliamentary summit. The plan was ultimately scrapped, however, seeing as the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin – one of the project’s initiators – is on the EU sanctions list and banned from entering its soil. Because of this, the summit was held in Turkey.

Danko claimed that he had been promised by Russia and South Korea that as soon as the sanctions regime is lifted, the summit will be held in Bratislava.

The summit participants approved a joint resolution on Tuesday that calls for the development of parliamentary cooperation and the building of Euroasian infrastructure. Furthermore, the document voices support to the Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gases as well as to the international trade and promotes the compliance with tenets of long-term sustainable development.