Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec will travel to Moscow on Tuesday on a two-day visit to the Russian Federation ahead of the trip of President Vladimir Putin to Slovenia, scheduled for 30 June.
The formal reason for Erjavec's visit is a meeting of the Slovenia-Russia standing committee for trading, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, which is to be chaired by Erjavec and the Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Nikolai Nikiforov.
Upon his arrival in Moscow, the Slovenian minister will be received by his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for talks on bilateral and international topics, according to a press release issued by the Slovenian foreign ministry.
The Erjavec-Lavrov talks are expected to tackle the preparations for Putin's visit to Slovenia. Putin has been invited by Slovenian President Borut Pahor to attend commemorations marking the death of several hundred Russian prisoners of war who died in March 1916 in an avalanche while clearing snow from a road at Vrsic Pass. They had been taken prisoner by the Austro-Hungarian Army in the First World War.