UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has come under fire for his speech during a visit to Ljubljana, when he called Slovenia a "Soviet vassal state".
"A really remarkable transformation from a Soviet vassal state to a modern European democracy, a member of the EU, a member of NATO, a country with a flourishing economy", he said.
Why do we have idiots for cabinet ministers. With TOWIE like grasp of geography Hunt mixes Slovenia and Slovakia up, while on the formers soil. Either that or he’s a complete moron. #demandbetter. #ExitFromBrexit https://t.co/BA80XrPLvU— Ian Sharpe #FBPE #LibDem #DemandBetter🔶 (@iansharpe4lboro) February 23, 2019
Although Hunt was trying to pay a compliment to the country's economy, his lack of knowledge about its history outraged former Speaker of Slovenia's National Assembly Milan Brglez, who slammed the UK foreign secretary for "arrogantly lecturing" the country, noting that the state had "never been ‘the vassal state of the Soviet Union'". Brglez also criticised Slovenian politicians, who had failed to correct Hunt on the spot and instead just let the "insult" go.
Alleged Foreign Sec @Jeremy_Hunt calling Slovenia 'a Soviet vassal state' tops his previous most idiotic moment calling his Chinese wife Japanese obv trying to out-stupid Boris Johnson— Sue Ravers #FBPE (@NanaRavers) February 23, 2019
During the Cold War, Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia, which was not a part of Soviet Union. The state was at the forefront of the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961, which members refused to align with any of the global powers.