Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin came to Slovakia to see the IIHF Hockey World Champinship semifinal match between Finland and Russia. The meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova was rather obligatory.

epa02730718 Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (R) welcomes her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L) at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 13 May 2011. Reports state that Russian and Slovakian leaders are focusing talks on economic, energy, transport and scientific cooperation and will consider launching a number of joint projects. EPA/PETER HUDEC

epa02730723 Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (R) welcomes her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L) at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 13 May 2011. Reports state that Russian and Slovakian leaders are focusing talks on economic, energy, transport and scientific cooperation and will consider launching a number of joint projects. EPA/PETER HUDEC

epa02730726 Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (R) welcomes her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (2-R) at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 13 May 2011. Reports state that Russian and Slovakian leaders are focusing talks on economic, energy, transport and scientific cooperation and will consider launching a number of joint projects. EPA/PETER HUDEC

epa02730724 Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (R) talks to her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L) at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 13 May 2011. Reports state that Russian and Slovakian leaders are focusing talks on economic, energy, transport and scientific cooperation and will consider launching a number of joint projects. EPA/PETER HUDEC

epa02730725 Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (R) talks to her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L) at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 13 May 2011. Reports state that Russian and Slovakian leaders are focusing talks on economic, energy, transport and scientific cooperation and will consider launching a number of joint projects. EPA/PETER HUDEC

epa02730727 Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (C-R) talks to her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (C-L) at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 13 May 2011. Reports state that Russian and Slovakian leaders are focusing talks on economic, energy, transport and scientific cooperation and will consider launching a number of joint projects. EPA/PETER HUDEC