Bled Strategic Forum to debate new geopolitical reality
Bled, 29 August - Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the geopolitical order will dominate the 17th Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia's pre-eminent conference dedicated to international affairs, which gets under way on Monday.
Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon has said the event would provide a "very sincere and candid discussion about new geostrategic relations in the world against the backdrop of the consequences of the war in Ukraine."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will be among the 160 panellists alongside top Slovenian officials and three foreign heads of state, two prime ministers and 15 foreign ministers.
The Bled Strategic Forum has always been an opportunity for the sitting government to lay out its foreign policy priorities.
Last year the Janez Janša government showcased its desire for closer ties with Visegrad countries, and debates featured the leaders of Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland.
Fajon said this year's event reflected how Slovenia's foreign policy is now focusing on the core EU countries.