Deputy Governor Mikhail Glazkov met with members of a delegation from Prešov Region (Slovakia) that arrived in Vologda to participate in the 24th International exhibition-fair Russian Forest.
During the meeting with the Deputy Governor, the Slovak guests noted the high level of the exhibition and confirmed their readiness for further development of joint work at the interregional level.
The first cooperation agreement aiming to define guidelines for partnership ties between the Vologda Oblast and the Prešov Region was signed in 1997. Since that time the Vologda Region and Slovakia have been sustaining partnership ties in trade, economic, scientific, cultural spheres, in tourism and patriotic activities.
The emphasis of partnership ties is also placed on patriotic work. One of the fiercest battles of World War II aiming to liberate Europe from the German fascists took place in Prešov. 60,000 Soviet and 2,500 Czechoslovak soldiers were killed during Carpathian-Dukla Campaign. It was a Soviet military campaign against the German Army and its allies for control of the Dukla Pass connecting Poland and Slovakia, lasting from September 8 to the end of October 1944. The campaign was led by Soviet forces of the First Ukrainian Front under a Vologda-born Marshal Ivan Konev and the Czechoslovak Army Corps under Brigadier General Ludvík Svoboda. The Soviet soldiers took control of the Dukla Pass and then linked up with troops in revolt within the Slovak Army and with partisans in eastern Slovakia. A memorial complex of the Unknown Russian soldier emerged in Svidník (Slovakia) in 2008.
The top leadership of the Vologda Region invited Slovak partners to come to Vologda in May 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the World War Two.