David Lloyd, Chairman of the British Slovene Society, sent the message below to HE Tadej Rupel, Ambassador of Slovenia in the UK, on 24 February 2019:
I feel that I must apologise, as a former British ambassador to Slovenia, for the ill-chosen words of our Foreign Secretary during his recent visit to Slovenia, referring to Slovenia as a vassal state of the Soviet Union. I am sure that Slovenians will brush this aberration aside with their customary goodwill, but I am deeply embarrassed.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening at President Pahor’s Reception.
Best wishes, David