Pahor and new US ambassador discuss Ukraine

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor and US Ambassador to Slovenia Jamie L. Harpootlian exchanged views on topical developments in Ukraine as they met on Thursday. The pair stressed the role of the international community’s great unity on, and unambiguous response to, Russia’s military attack on Ukraine.

Pahor presented more in detail his view on the situation in the Western Balkans upon the ambassador’s wish, Pahor’s office said in a written statement.

He expressed concern that the Ukrainian crisis could negatively impact security and stability in the region and reiterated that the EU should enhance its enlargement.

Pahor and Harpootlian discussed celebrating the 30th anniversary of Slovenian-US diplomatic relations and agreed to mark this year’s Slovenian-American Friendship Day.

The new US ambassador met Pahor already on 17 February, when she presented her credentials after the previous US ambassador left Ljubljana more than a year ago.

Harpootlian discussed the Ukraine situation with Prime Minister Janez Janša on Sunday, when the pair condemned the Russian attack and welcomed sanctions against Russia.