STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON VISIT TO SLOVENIA “I am deeply grateful to President Pahor for his invitation to visit Slovenia and to the people of Slovenia for their hospitality during my visit.
BigNews.Biz - Apr 13,2017 - STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON VISIT TO SLOVENIA
Ljubljana, Slovenia – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his visit to Slovenia:
“I am deeply grateful to President Pahor for his invitation to visit Slovenia and to the people of Slovenia for their hospitality during my visit. As we mark the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Slovenia relations, we celebrate the close partnership between our two countries and look forward to the opportunities ahead to enhance our cooperation.
“In my meetings with President Pahor and other government officials, I expressed my appreciation for Slovenia’s contributions to international coalitions, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to the fight against ISIL. While I offered my hope that Slovenia will follow through on its defense spending commitments as a member of NATO, these contributions to our alliance must never be diminished or forgotten.
“I also conveyed my deep concern about Russia’s destabilizing behavior in Europe, particularly its flagrant violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and annexation of Crimea. I welcome the Slovenian government’s affirmation of support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the need for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk accords. Until Russia returns to compliance with international law, it is vital that the United States and the European Union maintain strong sanctions on the Russian government.
“The United States’ commitment to NATO is ironclad. That is why I was honored to meet with members of the Slovenian Armed Forces deploying to support NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia. Slovenia’s willingness to send these troops to NATO’s eastern flank is a powerful demonstration of its commitment to the NATO alliance and the defense of our common security and shared values.
“Encouraged by the progress of the last 25 years of U.S.-Slovenia relations, I look forward to future discussions on strengthening the enduring bonds of friendship between our two countries.”