Russian President Vladimir Putin highly assessed economic cooperation with Slovenia. While meeting Slovenia's President in Sochi, he stated that it was developing well enough. The President said that the set task of bringing bilateral turnover to 1 bln dollar-mark is "quite attainable, taking into account stable political and economic situation" in Slovenia. Russia's president said that there is another important task on the agenda, i.e. "to diversify economic relations" between the two countries.
In Putin's words, ties between various ministries and departments, power departments as well, are successfully developing. While pointing to "the signing of a number of important agreements," the president said that "today the agenda includes the strengthening of the legal and contractual basis of the cooperation." When commenting on relations between the two countries in the humanitarian and cultural spheres, Putin assured that the Russian part would "do everything possible to back" the plan of Slovenia's president to create a Centre of Culture of Slavonic People in the republic. At the same time, the president noted that this is his third meeting with Slovenia's Prime Minister.
In his turn, Slovenia's Prime Minister regards his recent Moscow negotiations with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov as "very friendly, successful and fruitful." He also noted that the Declaration on Friendly Relations and Cooperation " reflects the present state of affairs existing between the two countries.
Drnovsek stressed that " he is very pleased" with the cooperation between the two countries that is "based on long-term business and friendly relations." He expressed his satisfaction that today "they will have a chance to discuss international politics that are more complicated now." Slovenia's Prime Minister said that Russia under Vladimir Putin's leadership "has entered a consolidation era." "As Prime Minister I know what a difficult task it is to achieve," Drnovsek said.