Grigory Karasin received participants of the IV Russian-Georgian meeting of young political scientists
The 4th Russian-Georgian meeting of young political scientists was opened in Moscow on February 24. The event, which has become traditional, is held since 2013 by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the Center for Cultural Relations “Caucasian House”.
Public figures and scientists fr om both countries meet on a regular basis in Moscow and Tbilisi and discuss current issues of foreign policy and hold heated topic discussions.
Regular communication of the participants with Grigory Karasin, State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, has become a tradition.
When talking about conclusions of the foreign policy for the past year, he emphasized the system crisis in international affairs and noted that expansion of the West onto the post-Soviet space had crossed the “red line”. According to him, under conditions of development of the deep Ukrainian crisis, Russia stays true to its course – to international cooperation and integration. This being said, our country is against any dictate from outside.
Grigory Karasin stressed structural changes in the Russian-Georgian relations, which had taken place in the last two years. He welcomed the fact that current leadership of Georgia had chosen a dialogue with the Russian Federation and does not see an alternative to it. Cooperation is developing in the areas of transportation and trade. Humanitarian contacts have been established.
According to Deputy Minister, it is important not to get caught in polemics, but to discuss those issues, wh ere fast advancement is possible.
The participants of the meeting shared their opinions on different aspects of bilateral relations with Grigory Karasin. They talked about prospects of railway service restoration, cooperation between Customs Services and threats of Islamic radicalism to the entire Caucasus.
Young political scientists spent the second half of the day at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. Professor of the Higher School of Economics Leonid Grigoryev talked about goals, challenges and prospects of trade and economic relations between Moscow and Tbilisi. He juxtaposed tendencies in the economies of both countries, introduced the audience to prospects of changes of the export-import structure and pointed out demographic problems.
“Nowhere in the world it is possible to create such devotion to Georgian culture as in Russia”, he acknowledged.
By all means, a key issue of the agenda was the Ukrainian crisis. Russian political scientist and historian Bogdan Bespalko, using striking examples and documentary video materials, demonstrated how it is possible to destroy a state with the help of myths. He tried to forecast how the Ukrainian crisis will echo in South Caucasus and what new interethnic and cross-border conflicts it can bring.
Another eloquent address was made by well-known Russian political scientist Sergey Makarov. He defined for the audience what specifically alarms Russia in the Ukrainian crisis.
The working day of the program was completed by a panel discussion “War and mass media. Information impact of the Ukrainian conflict”, which was held by Ukrainian journalist and public figure Andrey Kot.