“State and Church in Russian-Romanian Traditions”. An international conference is taking place at the Gorchakov Fund

12 April 2019

On April 12, conference “State and Church in Russian-Romanian Traditions” is taking place in Moscow. The event was organized by the Gorchakov Fund and the Nikolae Titulescu European Foundation. Its attendees include members of clergy, scientists and diplomats from both countries.

Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Roman Grishenin welcomed the participants and opened the discussion. He called the Titulescu Foundation a reliable partner in organizing bilateral meetings and emphasized importance of the discussion in such a format of transformation of ethical and moral standards, which we can observe today.

President of the Nikolae Titulescu European Foundation Adrian Nestase believes that the discussion of ties between the two countries in a historical context is a good way to develop our dialogue under somewhat complicated foreign policy conditions.

Well-known politician, who was heading the Romanian government in 2000-2004, mentioned that the year 2019 would mark the 200th anniversary of publishing the Bible in Romanian in St. Petersburg. This being said, that book was set in Cyrillic.

“This anniversary is a perfect reason for development of our relations”, said Adrian Nestase.

“If talking about relations between our countries, they are not experiencing their best times, but we are working on rapprochement. And our common religion can become such a connection point”, stressed the politician.

The participants were also welcomed by Deputy Director of the 4th European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Leonid Abramov. According to him, the Russian Foreign Service was satisfied by the fact that the conference, organized by the Gorchakov Fund in collaboration with the Titulescu Foundation, was turning into a platform for a dialogue.

The diplomat was confident that that work would provide a positive contribution into the bilateral relations and reminded that cooperation between Russia and Romania had always been of a mutual character.

“We believe that Orthodox Christianity will continue to unite our people. The role of our churches can hardly be overestimated. We are united by numerous holy places and symbols of faith”, added Leonid Abramov.

According to Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Politics, Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club, member of the Gorchakov Club Fyodor Lukyanov, synthesis of religion and politics brings risks for both, the political system and the world of religion.

“We should remember that religion can become a victim of politics, which will use it as a tool to achieve its goals”, said the expert.