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Slovenia Business Week no. 22: PM Jansa Opens Slovenian-Russian Business Conference in Moscow

Prime Minister Janez Jansa opened a Slovenian-Russian business conference in Moscow, labeling it as one of the opportunities to strengthen cooperation between Slovenian and Russian companies, especially in the energy sector

Prime Minister Janez Jansa opened a Slovenian-Russian business conference in Moscow on Tuesday, 30 May, labeling it as one of the opportunities to strengthen cooperation between Slovenian and Russian companies, especially in the energy sector.

According to Jansa, who came to Russia on an official visit with a strong business delegation on Monday, 29 May, Slovenia would like to see more investments from Russian companies.

He believes the second phase of privatisation of Slovenian steel, telecommunications, energy and financial companies could be interesting for Russian strategic and institutional investors, also within EU-sponsored programmes.

"Russia has been a reliable energy supplier, and Slovenia would like this to continue in the future," Jansa said, adding that Slovenia is interested in making long-term deals on the supply of natural gas, and energy infrastructure projects.

Slovenia and Russia also cooperate within the Forum of Slavic Cultures, whose main goal is enhancing cultural cooperation between all Slavic countries, added Jansa.

He also said that one of Slovenia's main priorities during its presidency in 2008 will be strengthening relations between EU and Russia, including the liberalisation of trade and Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

He stressed that Slovenia was the first EU country to end bilateral WTO accession talks with Russia.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA