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On 11 February 2020, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Ukraine Marek Shafin was welcomed at the Institute of International Relations

The Slovak diplomat, having almost 30 years of experience in the diplomatic sphere, organized a question-and-answer conversation. “It’s enough for you lectures where you just need to write down what is said,” Mr. Ambassador jokingly noted.

In the Academic Council Meeting room questions about the possibility of Ukraine to join the EU and NATO, problems of the open land market, issues of national minorities, as well as the aspects of influence of Brexit on the economy and foreign policy of Slovakia were risen.

Mr. Shafin, inter alia, noted: Slovakia is waiting for Ukraine in Brussels. However, accession to the EU, as to any community of states, means having not only “friends”, but also “enemies”, which a strong country should be prepared for. Mr. Ambassador shared his faith in Ukraine, although he noted that Slovakia needed 11 years of reforms in order to enter the EU during the period of so-called “geopolitical holidays”. However, reasonable changes and the consolidation of society will certainly contribute to our state’s membership in the EU.