Russia–Slovenia relations

Russia–Slovenia relations are foreign relations between Russia and Slovenia. Both countries established diplomatic relations on May 25, 1992. Russia has an embassy in Ljubljana. Slovenia has an embassy in Moscow and two honorary consulates (in Saint Petersburg and Samara). Until 2022, Russia had five honorary consuls in Slovenia, but Slovenia withdrew its consent to the appointments due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[1]

Russia–Slovenia relations
Map indicating locations of Russia and Slovenia


Borut Pahor with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 30 July 2016.

2011-2021 edit

In March 2011, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Slovenia and met with Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor and President Danilo Türk. The Russian and Slovenian delegations discussed economic, scientific and cultural partnership, especially regarding the construction of the South Stream pipeline.[2]

After the Ukrainian Euromaidan began in 2013 and later prolonged into the Russo-Ukrainian War, Slovenia has sided with Ukraine over territorial integrity.[3] Slovenia urged a political solution to handle the problem.[4]

On 29 July 2021, Slovenian President Pahor and Russian President Putin declared Slovenia–Russia Friendship Day on 31 July 2021.[5]

Russian invasion of Ukraine edit

With the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, together with other EU countries Slovenia has condemned the Russian aggression[6] and has taken steps such as closing Slovenia's airspace to Russian flights[7][8] and boycotting sports events held in Russia.[9]

On the morning of 1 March 2022, a Russian missile 3M54-1 Kalibr struck Freedom Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine destroying the Slovene consulate in the city.[10] In response, the Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša said that the country will terminate all agreements with Russia relating to defence, security and political cooperation. The Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also summoned the Russian ambassador and handed over a diplomatic note of protest requesting an apology and compensation for the damages.[11][12]

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, Slovenia, as one of the EU countries, imposed sanctions on Russia, and Russia added all EU countries to the list of "unfriendly nations".[13] In spite of this, the import from Russia and export to Russia significantly increased in the following months in annual terms (in July, that was 6 times, respectively, 56%), according to Russian state media RIA Novosti.[14] Slovenia joined other countries in spring 2022 in declaring a number of Russian diplomats persona non grata.

On 24 October 2022, a photo of Slovenian nuclear waste was used to illustrate a propaganda communication by the Russian Defence Ministry regarding the alleged Ukrainian plans to construct a dirty bomb.[15][16]

In December 2022 two foreign nationals were arrested, now believed to be Russian citizens working for Russia’s foreign intelligence service (SVR), under the false names of Maria Rosa Mayer Munos and Ludwig Gisch, they had used forged Argentinian passports to settle in Ljubljana with their children in 2017. A large amount of cash was seized. They are charged with espionage.[17][18]

Trade edit

In 2021, Russia exported $396 million worth of goods to Slovenia, with the main product being natural gas, whereas Slovenia exported $1.06 billion to Russia, with medication as the main category. Russian exports rose by an average of 2.35% between 1995 and 2021, and Slovenian exports rose by 4.92% during the same period.[19]


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Rusija v Sloveniji nima več častnih konzulov". February 27, 2022. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  2. ^ "Sporazum o Južnem toku je podpisan" [The Agreement on the South Stream has been Signed] (in Slovenian). MMC RTV Slovenia. 22 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Slovenia Moves from Military to Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine". Total Slovenia News. 14 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Slovenia Expects Diplomatic Solution of Crimea Crisis". 18 March 2014.
  5. ^ Slovenia–Russia Friendship Day [dead link]
  6. ^ "Slovenija je enotna in združena z zavezniki v EU in Nato v obsodbi ruske agresije". February 26, 2022. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  7. ^ "Slovenia Bans Russian Aircraft from Its Airspace". STA. February 26, 2022. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  8. ^ "Ukraine Invasion: Russian Planes Face Near-Total Airspace Ban to West". BBC. February 27, 2022. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "Slovenci bodo bojkotirali SP, če bo potekalo v Rusiji". February 27, 2022. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  10. ^ "Slovenia's consulate in Ukraine destroyed in attack on Kharkiv -ministry". Reuters. 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  11. ^ "State Secretary Dovžan summoned the Ambassador of the Russian Federation and served him with a protest note | GOV.SI". Portal GOV.SI. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  12. ^ "Slovenia wants compensation after Russia destroys Kharkiv consulate". Euractiv. 2022-03-03. Archived from the original on 2022-03-07.
  13. ^ Lee, Michael (8 March 2022). "Here are the nations on Russia's 'unfriendly countries' list". CTV News.
  14. ^ "Most EU countries increased imports of goods from Russia in July". RIA Novosti. 25 October 2022.
  15. ^ "Pojasnimo fotko, ki je zaokrožila (nit)" [Let's Explain the Photo That Has Circulated Around] (in Slovenian). JedrskaSI. 25 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Photo, used by the Russian Foreign Ministry in its Twitter post (thread)". Slovenian Government. 25 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Slovenia arrests two Russians on suspicion of espionage". 31 January 2023.
  18. ^ Walker, Shaun (24 March 2023). "The 'ordinary' family at No 35: suspected Russian spies await trial in Slovenia". The Guardian.
  19. ^ "Russia/Slovenia". January 2022.

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