Dialogue is a priority: A meeting between Russian and German parliamentarians was organized in Moscow

02 November 2018

On November 2, a meeting between Russian and German parliamentarians as part of the traditional Potsdam Meetings took place in Moscow. A discussion with the participation of representatives of legal bodies of the two countries had been organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the German-Russian Forum. Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Konstantin Kosachev opened the meeting:

“I believe that if we had deeper mutual understanding between Russia and Germany, we could avoid many crises in Europe: starting from the Yugoslavian crisis to the current Ukrainian crisis. Russia and Germany, in particular, can act as motors of modernization processes targeting prevention of crises. Our Potsdam Meetings can and should become an impulse for that, – stated Konstantin Kosachev and added that despite political difficulties, economic relations between Russia and Germany continued developing. – We can only guess how much the positive trend of developing business cooperation could grow under more favorable conditions”.

During his speech, Minister‐President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig emphasized importance of bilateral cooperation in rebuilding relations in Europe:

“Everybody knows that we can achieve stable order in Europe and in the world only if Russia, Germany and all Europe will actively work with each other. This should become a goal on all levels, especially within cooperation between the youth of our countries”.

In response to the words of Ms. Schwesig about youth cooperation, Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Leonid Drachevsky mentioned that the Potsdam Meetings already for the third time included a youth component. The Russian-German Youth Forum will start tomorrow, on November 3.

“Recently, we have been observing abrogation and review of international agreements and treaties, which have always served as a foundation for global and European security. It is scary and dangerous. Our dialogue – a dialogue of civil societies – is extremely important”, believes Leonid Drachevsky.

Former Minister-President of Brandenburg, Chairman of the Management Board of the German-Russian Forum Matthias Platzeck also emphasized importance of exchanges and bilateral visits of Russian and German youth. According to him, development of the dialogue was complicated by the existing visa regime. “We should achieve some progress on the visa issue in order to ease the visa regime, at least for young people under 25 in a testing mode for the period of five years”, suggested Mr. Platzeck.

The second discussion block was dedicated to development of the German-Russian cooperation under current political and economic conditions. According to Deputy Executive Director of Rostech Dmitry Lelikov, “Russia’s tapping into Asian markets does not mean going away from cooperation with European companies. German companies should consider Russia not only as an importer, but as a production platform with big opportunities for export into the third countries”.

As it was reported earlier, on November 3 the 3rd Youth Forum of the Potsdam Meetings will be organized at the Gorchakov Fund. Members of the Bundestag – the participants of the meeting between parliamentarians from Russia and Germany – are also planning to attend the event

We would like to remind that representatives of the legislative branch of the two countries for the first time communicated within the framework of the Potsdam Meetings in November of 2016. 30 high-level officials of Russia and Germany talked about word politics; discussed common views and differences in opinions of Russia and the West regarding elections in the U.S. and for the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Brexit, problems of terrorism, events in the Middle East and Ukraine.