Bratislava, Slovakia – The quiet, laid-back capital of Slovakia could soon become the focus of international attention with a high-profile diplomatic meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Possible Trump-Putin meeting in Slovakia in August
Russian and U.S. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump could meet in Bratislava in August, according to the Russian TASS news agency.
Talking on Thursday to the Russian Pravda newspaper, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said that the two leaders could meet in Bratislava at the end of August for the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising.
“We want to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising well. That’s why [Slovakia’s] Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini invited U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s leadership to participate. This means that if there is a need for the two leaders to meet, they can use their invitations to Slovakia as a possible venue”, Lajcak said.
From August to October 1944, the Slovak resistance took up arms in an attempt to overthrow the collaborationist regime of Jozef Tiso and Nazi Germany’s military occupation of the country. This insurrectionist movement, known as the Slovak National Uprising, resulted in the death of several thousand Slovak freedom fighters and was eventually crushed by the collaborationist regime and the German army.
Donald Trump under pressure at home in the Russia investigation
On the Russian side, both President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were invited to take part to the celebrations in Bratislava.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s facing mounting pressure following the release of the Mueller report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election and suspicions of collusion with his campaign, has had, since his election, at least five face-to-face meetings with Vladimir Putin in Germany, Vietnam, Finland and Argentina.
The Russian and U.S. President also had around a dozen reported phone calls together.