UK foreign secretary criticised after statement displaying lack of awareness country was part of Non-Aligned Movement

The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has incorrectly claimed Slovenia was a Soviet vassal state during his visit to Ljubljana to discuss the Brexit negotiations with his counterpart Miro Cerar.

But rather than being a “Soviet vassal state”, Slovenia was in fact, the wealthiest state within the federal Yugoslavia, which sat outside the iron curtain and was part of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

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